Heavy Truck Crashes Into the Nairobi Expressway [PHOTOS]

  • An overturned truck blocks Nairobi Expressway
    An overturned truck blocks Nairobi Expressway
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  • There was a traffic snarl-up on both Nairobi Expressway and Mombasa Road after a heavy truck crashed into the new highway - a day after it was launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    Photos seen by Kenyans.co.ke showed the vehicle overturned near Gateway Mall in Syokimau area - temporarily blocking one half of the highway on Monday, August 1.

    According to witnesses, the truck, which was primarily travelling along Mombasa Road, crashed into the barrier separating the two highways before overturning on the Expressway.

    It was, however, not immediately clear what caused the accident and if there were any casualties.

    A police officer inspects an accident scene where truck overturned on Nairobi Expressway.
    A police officer inspects an accident scene where truck overturned on Nairobi Expressway.
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    On Sunday, President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the highway after a satisfactory three-month trial run coordinated by Moja Expressway.

    During the launch, the Head of State praised the project's ability to upend the livelihoods of over six million employed in the tourism and conferencing sector.

    On the same day, however, Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia noted that speeding was a major cause of concern on the highway.

    He noted that motorists had openly ignored the maximum speed limit capped at 80km/hr and some hit as high as 140km/hr.

    In June, one person died and several others were injured in an accident at the Nairobi Expressway Mlolongo Toll station involving a speeding motorist.

    The motorist crashed into the toll plaza and ran over vehicles being cleared at the exit.

    Among those injured was one of the company's staff and other motorists and were rushed to the hospital for treatment. 

    Moja Expressway, which is tasked with maintaining the road, build safety structures around the tolling booths to prevent fatal accidents.

    Witnesses at the scene of accident where a truck overturned on Nairobi Expressway
    Witnesses at the scene of accident where a truck overturned on Nairobi Expressway.
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