Travellers Stuck at the Gilgil Weighbridge in 15-Hour Traffic Jam [PHOTOS]

  • Travellers along the Naivasha-Nakuru Highway were forced to spend the night at the Gilgil Weighbridge after they were caught up in a gridlock that lasted over 15 hours, from Friday, December 6, 2019.

    Most of them resorted to venting their anger through social media, blaming the Nakuru county traffic commandant and institutions that held their graduations on the same day.

    According to a witness, the crisis on the highway was infuriating as had stretched to over 17 kilometres.

    The Traffic jam at Gilgil weighbridge on December 7

    The witness went on to list the pass out parade at NYS Gilgil, graduations at Masinde Muliro University, Laikipia University and Cooperative University as the major reasons behind the traffic nightmare.

    Most of the drivers resorted to switching off their vehicles as they waited for the traffic to clear up.

    "What is happening between Gilgil and Nakuru? People have been in a jam from 3.00 pm yesterday (December 6) up to now. Vehicles are at a complete standstill," one Chebet Rasto questioned on Twitter.

    More information revealed that some travellers resorted to alternative routes through Nyeri and Nyahururu.

    The traffic nightmare at Gilgil on December 6

    Raila Odinga Junior urged Kenya National Highway Authority to set up measures to prevent such incidents. 

    "By my count, there have been more than eight such incidences in Gilgil this year. I was caught up in one in June, 8-hour jam. KeNHA needs to step in and expand that road to ease traffic," he urged.  

    Motorists resorted to driving off-road in search of a way out of the Traffic Jam