Scores Feared Dead in Multiple Car Accidents Along Mombasa Highway

  • The aftermath of an accident along Mombasa-Malindi Highway on Saturday night, December 11, 2021
    The aftermath of an accident along Mombasa-Malindi Highway on Saturday night, December 11, 2021
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  • Several people are feared dead after three vehicles, two 14-seater public service vans and a lorry, crashed at Matsangoni area along the Mombasa - Malindi Highway.

    The accident occurred on Saturday night, December 11. 

    Mombasa County Commissioner, Kutswa Olaka, confirmed the accident stating that police and emergency rescue providers were already at the scene offering first aid to the victims. 

    "We are on a rescue mission and moving survivors to Kilifi District hospital…though as of now we can't ascertain the number of casualties,” stated the commissioner

    Scenes of the multiple vehicle accident along Mombasa-Malindi Highway on Saturday night, December 11, 2021
    Scenes of the multiple vehicle accident along Mombasa-Malindi Highway on Saturday night, December 11, 2021
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    The cause of the accident and the total number of the victims is yet to be established. 

    Traffic marshals warned motorists to approach the accident scene with caution and use the temporary diversions created to ease traffic.

    A witness told the press that victims were trapped inside the bus in critical condition but rescue operations soon arrived but after much delay.

    "I and a few friends traveling from Kilifi at 7pm when we approached the accident scene.

    "Passengers were stuck in the matatus with broken limbs, in critical condition, others half dead, others dead. It was horrible," he stated.

    Jimmy Kahindi, Kilifi County Assembly speaker wished a quick recovery to the survivors and sent condolences to the families of the deceased.

    "I send my deepest condolences to the families that have lost their loved ones following the tragic accident.

    "To the survivors, I wish you all a speedy recovery. I call upon the people of Kilifi County to be cautious while using the roads," he stated.

    Accidents have been on the rise ahead of the festive season with latest National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) figures indicating that 3,212 died in road accidents between January and September 2021, an increase from 2,560 who died similar period last year.

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