Vehicle Overturns While Accessing Likoni Ferry

  • An SGA pickup has been involved in an accident at the Likoni Channel on Wednesday, January 13.
    An SGA pickup has been involved in an accident at the Likoni Channel on Wednesday, January 13.
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  • Another vehicle, an SGA Security pickup was involved in an accident at the Likoni channel on Wednesday afternoon, January 13.

    Reports indicate that the car rolled at the same spot where a truck had plunged into the Indian Ocean at the Likoni Channel earlier in the morning.

    The driver of the pickup has been taken to the hospital. 

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    A trailer has plunged into the Indian ocean at the Likoni Crossing channel early Wednesday morning, January 13.

    According to witnesses, the driver of the trailer, who was transporting maize from Tanzania to Mombasa, lost control as he tried to maneuver into the MV kilindini ferry.

    Reports from the Kenya Ferry Service (KFS) indicated that the occupant of the trailer escaped unhurt though recovery operation of the trailer is underway.  

    KFS advised motorists that ferries could only dock on one side.

    Passengers boarding the ferry at the Likoni crossing channel.
    Passengers boarding the ferry at the Likoni crossing channel.
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    Rising cases of accidents at the Likoni crossing channel has caused great concern among residents in Mombasa.

    The report comes just days after a tourist bus plunged into the Indian Ocean on Sunday, January 10. 

    Reports indicate that the brakes of the bus failed as the driver drove to board a ferry headed to Mombasa island.

    Luckily, no one was hurt during the incident.

    In a similar incident, the MV Safari ferry stalled on its way to ferry passengers and vehicular cargo on Monday, January 11.

    This prompted thousands of residents to divert to the Likoni floating bridge as the ferry docked on one side.

    Reports indicate that motorists and passengers have in the past complained about the newly constructed ramp at the channel, citing that it was steep and slippery.

    A senior KFS official, who spoke to the Standard confirmed that they had taken note of the issues raised.

    “The contractor put a slippery surface instead of a rough one. Again the lime or substance that KFS deposited here to make the ramp rough was not sprayed today,” said a KFS employee.

    The KFS official noted that officials regularly spray sand on the ramp whenever it drizzles or there's a heavy downpour to enable easier navigation for vehicles.

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