City Matatu Involved in Grisly Accident Along Major Highway

The matatu, a Nissan belonging to 2NK Sacco was reported to have hit the pavement and rolled several times, according to eyewitnesses

City Matatu Involved in Grisly Accident Along Major Highway

A matatu bound for Nyeri has been involved in a grisly road accident along Murang’a Road, Thika Superhighway in Nairobi.

The matatu, a Nissan belonging to 2NK Sacco was reported to have hit the pavement and rolled after Chambers Road, according to eyewitnesses who spoke to Viral Tea.

No casualties have been reported but the accident left a few passengers nursing injuries.

Scene of a grisly road accident along Murang’a Road, Thika Superhighway on July 21, 2021. /COURTESY

"Witnessed a very bad accident on Muranga Road a few minutes ago. A Nyeri-bound Nissan hit the pavement and overturned.

"Don't use your phone while driving. I've been a victim of this in the past and learnt the hard way," tweeted journalist Jeff Kinyanjui. 

The accident comes hours after four people died on the spot and others were seriously injured after a matatu they were travelling in was involved in a grisly road accident along Mombasa Road on Wednesday morning, July 21. That death toll has since risen to 5.

Reports indicated that one more passenger from a 14-seater matatu succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment at the Shalom Hospital.

The matatu from Machakos was travelling to Nairobi before it rammed into a stationary trailer heading in the same direction at Sabaki area in Athi River, Machakos County. 

The accident which occurred at around 4:53 am led to a heavy traffic jam along the busy Nairobi-Mombasa road as well as the Kitengela-Namanga road.

Eyewitnesses told K24 that the stalled trailer was carrying some cargo and was in the middle of the road, with no indicator to warn motorists. The speeding matatu was said to have rammed into the trailer from behind. 

“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. The matatu was speeding and there was no alternative to swerve the vehicle to the right as there was another oncoming lorry heading in the opposite direction,” Alex Kyalo, a bodaboda rider at the Sabaki stage claimed. 

According to statistics from the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), more than 75 per cent of road traffic casualties are economically productive young adults. Unfortunately, buses and matatus are the vehicles most frequently involved in fatal crashes.

A report issued by NTSA on November 16, 2020, indicted that Nairobi was the most dangerous county to drive in based on the statistics on road accidents for the financial year 2019/2020. 

Road accidents in Nairobi alone claimed 433 in 2019/2020 as compared to 439 in 2018/2019. Nairobi was followed by Kiambu which recorded 311 deaths, an increase from the previous year's 290.

Scene of the grisly road accident that occurred along Mombasa Road on July 21, 2021. /TWITTER