Four Killed In Grisly Matatu Accident Along Mombasa Road

A 14-seater 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.

Four Killed In Grisly Matatu Accident Along Mombasa Road

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.

A 14-seater 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.

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

Eyewitnesses told K24 that the stalled trailerwas carrying some cargo and was in the middle of the road, with no indicator to warn motorists. 

The speeding matatu is 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 a police report at the Mlolongo police station, the trailer was stationary when the accident occurred and four passengers of the Nissan Matatu died on the spot. 

The matatu is reported to have carried passengers to full capacity. 

Those who were injured were rushed to Shallom community hospital Athi-river with those critical injured referred to Machakos level five hospital. The four bodies have since been moved to Shallom community mortuary in Athi River. 

The incident occurred a few hours before another accident reportedly occurred on a flyover along the Nairobi-Nakuru Highway, with no cause identified of the crash that involved a 14-seater Mololine matatu. 

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.

The accident that occurred at Kambiti, Mango Market in Machakos County on July 8, 2021. /TWITTER