8 Dead in Grisly Mombasa Road Accident

  • Eight people lost their lives on Sunday morning in a fatal road accident at Muambi area along the Mombasa-Nairobi Highway in Machakos County. 

    The accident which happened at around 2:30 AM involved a Nairobi bound matatu and a trailer, a Mercedes Benz Acer, that was headed to the same direction when the Toyota matatu rammed into the trailer from behind. 

    Six people were reported to have died on the spot while two others succumbed to their injuries while receiving treatment at the Machakos level 5 Hospital. 

    The driver of the matatu was reported to be among those who died on the spot with eleven passengers taken to Machakos level 5 hospital for treatment.

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    Machakos OCPD Joseph Tanei confirmed the accident stating: “It happened that one unknown driver towards Nairobi general direction, on reaching the location of the accident rammed a trailer from behind which was on motion hence the accident.”

    The accident caused a massive traffic jam near Kapiti plains in the early morning with motorists forced to divert at Konza.

    Machakos County Commissioner Matilda Sakwa called on drivers to adhere to road safety measures.

    Sakwa stated: “Our traffic police officers will be vigilant on constant checking of vehicles’ roadworthiness, however, drivers should not over speed, be checked periodically on their eyesight and above all, they should take rest for them to drive carefully.”

    The bodies of the deceased were taken to Machakos level 5 hospital mortuary awaiting identification from families.

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    As a result of the accident, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet is urging motorists to exercise extra caution on roads due to poor visibility occasioned by bad weather in most parts of the country.

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