Three mechanics were drowned on yesterday's first day of the world championship Safari Rally. The trio were killed when their Land Rover support vehicle was washed away by a flash flood as they tried to negotiate a river crossing.
The accident happened near Ole Kejiado, about 65 kilometres south of the rally's Nairobi headquarters.
Kenya's traditional Easter event has a notorious reputation for sudden changes in the weather. Tracks and bone-dry river beds have been known to fill in seconds as storms herald the start of the rainy season. Tropical storms have already cut more than 200km from the near-3,000km test, which finishes tomorrow.
Sweden's Kenneth Eriksson gained a narrow first-day lead in his works Subaru. He battled the heavy rain, electrical trouble and fierce opposition from Mitsubishi driver Tommi Makinen to gain a 27-second advantage.
Colin McRae, the world champion, finished third, 82 seconds behind his team-mate Eriksson.Reuse content