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MOFA to help after honeymooner dies in Kenya accident

Staff writer, with CNA

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday said that it would help the relatives of a newlywed couple deal with the aftermath of an accident in Kenya in which a Taiwanese man was killed and his wife was injured by a falling tree in a national park.

Citing information provided by eyewitnesses, the Taipei Liaison Office in South Africa said the couple was leaving Lake Nakuru National Park at about 5:30pm on Saturday to return to their hotel when a tree fell, hitting their vehicle.

The man, identified as 30-year-old Juan Chun-hui (阮俊輝), died on the spot, while his wife, Chen Po-ting (陳柏廷), 29, has been hospitalized with injuries, the office said.

The vehicle’s driver was also injured, the office said, although it did not give the driver’s name.

Representative to South Africa John Chen (陳忠), a secretary, and police officer Chen Yi-ming (陳逸明), who were on an official visit to Nairobi, went to the scene of the accident about 200km from the city, the ministry said in a statement.

They later visited Chen in hospital and were making arrangements with the authorities in Nakuru to send her to Nairobi as soon as possible to receive further treatment, the statement said.

Kenyan authorities were trying to have Juan’s body transported to a better funeral home in Nairobi, the ministry said.

It said it has been fully briefed about the accident and would do its best to help the couple’s relatives fly to Kenya as soon as possible and provide them with assistance while they are there.

The couple, who were on their honeymoon, reportedly arrived in Kenya on Friday last week for a six-day visit and were next scheduled to travel to Tanzania.

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