Mombasa-Nairobi Highway Listed on World's Most Dangerous Roads

  • An accident along the Nairobi Mombasa highway
    An accident along the Nairobi Mombasa highway
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  • According to research by an international insurance firm, Mombasa- Nairobi Highway is one of the most dangerous roads in the world.

    The Australian insurance company, Budget Direct's, research ranked the A109 Road as one of the most dangerous based on the accident rates.

    “In just an eight-month period of 2019, 27 people died on the Mombasa Road to Nairobi, Kenya. During this period, 2,181 people died in total from road crashes across Kenya – and 839 of these were pedestrians,” the survey indicated.

    A police officer engages a motorist during the NTSA crackdown on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.
    A police officer engages a motorist during the NTSA crackdown on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.
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    During the study, the company found out from the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) records that the tuk-tuks were the vehicles least likely to be involved in an accident.

    The report relied on information from national government websites, transport associations, and local news reports and publications.

    Ghana's Accra to Cape Coast road was listed as the most dangerous road in Africa, recording 6,104 accidents in a 6-year span. Uganda also made it to the list with more than 200 people losing their lives on the Masaka-Kampala highway since 2016.

    Accidents have been rampant on the road in the recent past.

    On Saturday, July 24, three people who were travelling in a private car died on the spot after their car hit a truck head-on.

    This happened just days after four people lost their lives in a grisly accident where a matatu rammed into the rear end of a stalled trailer.

    Careless road usage has been identified as one of the major causes of accidents on the road.

    “It is sad that lives have been lost because of a careless road user. The trailer stalled on the road and the driver did not bother to put indicators or warning signs to guide the other road users.

    “Several vehicles nearly rammed into the trailer before the matatu rammed on it,” a witness stated.

    Road users are advised to take precautions including driving under the speed limit and avoiding intoxicants while on the wheel.

    A wreckege of the Mombasa Malindi Highway accident that happned on April 7, 2021
    A wreckage of the Mombasa Malindi Highway accident that happened on April 7, 2021
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