Accident Along Nairobi Expressway After Uhuru Official Launch [PHOTOS]
The accident caused a huge traffic snarl-up along both the Expressway and Mombasa Road.
A heavy truck crashed along the Nairobi Expressway on Monday, August 1, a day after the road was officially commissioned by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
According to photos seen by Viral Tea, the accident occurred near Gateway Mall in the Syokimau area on Monday, August 1, with the truck overturning and blocking access to one half of the highway.
Witnesses revealed that the truck which was travelling along Mombasa Road had crashed into the barrier separating the two major roads before it overturned on the Expressway.
Scene of an accident where a truck overturned along the Nairobi Expressway. /MA3ROUTE
The accident caused a huge traffic snarl-up along both the Expressway and Mombasa Road. It was unclear what caused the accident and whether there were any casualties.
It comes a day after President Uhuru launched the road after Moja Expressway, the company tasked with running it, conducted a three-month trial run which was a success.
He expressed optimism that the expressway and the bypass road will significantly address the nightmare of traffic gridlocks in Nairobi estimated to cost the nation over Ksh5 billion annually in lost productivity time and wasted fuel.
“Since we opened the road for public trials in April, it now takes between 15 and 24 minutes to drive from Mlolongo in Machakos County to Rironi in Kiambu County. Before the expressway, that journey would take at least three hours which is the equivalent of flying to Addis Ababa and back,” President Kenyatta said.
On Saturday night, June 25, one person was killed and several others injured following an accident at Mlolongo Toll Station.
"The motorist crashed into the Toll plaza and ran over other vehicles that were being cleared to exit. Consequently, the vehicle knocked one toll booth and injured one toll attendant besides the other motorists," KeNHA revealed at the time.
CCTV footage surfaced the following day capturing the tragic accident which had appeared to have been caused by speeding on the part of the deceased driver who approached the toll station at a very high speed.
Another accident along the road involved a 33-seater matatu which overturned at the entrance in Westlands. It was operating under the Super Metro Sacco and was reported to be speeding towards the city centre.
The bus overturned at the entrance to the toll station, cutting off the entrance to motorists who join and exit the road at Westlands near Lion Place.