Traffic Frozen on Southern Bypass After Multiple Car Crash (PHOTOS)

Two trucks were involved in a head-on collision after the truck bound for Mombasa Road lost control, strayed into oncoming traffic and hit another trailer head on in the area near Carnivore Gardens.

Traffic Frozen on Southern Bypass After Multiple Car Crash (PHOTOS)

Motorists plying the Southern Bypass were forced to spend their Monday morning, May 31 on the road longer than expected after an accident between two trucks and a vehicle occurred at the Lang'ata Road-Mombasa Road stretch.

Two trucks were involved in a head-on collision after the truck bound for Mombasa Road lost control, strayed into oncoming traffic and hit another trailer head on in the area near Carnivore Gardens.

The overturned truck blocked two lanes of the bypass, forcing the motorists to use the service lane.

The accident involving two trucks and a personal vehicle along the Southern Bypass on May 31, 2021. /TWITTER

A personal vehicle that was also involved in the frenzy was also towed away.

The traffic situation affected both Mombasa and Lang'ata roads, with police deployed to ease the situation.

Motorists were advised to use alternative routes as efforts to clear the road of the debris are being undertaken.

The accident involving two trucks and a personal vehicle along the Southern Bypass on May 31, 2021. /TWITTER

Motorists from Mombasa Road usually use the bypass to beat traffic on their way to their destinations, particularly along Mombasa Road which has seen heightened traffic amidst the construction of the Nairobi Expressway.

The Southern Bypass has risen to be one of the most dangerous roads to drive on in the city since it was commissioned in 2016, with many drivers known for hitting speeds above their limit along the highway. Despite speed bumps strategically placed on certain points along the road, it has become the perfect haven for the drivers of the sports cars that have raised eyebrows across the country to test their true power and speeds.

In addition, many Kenyans have severally complained on social media about poor lighting as well as carjackings along the highway. President Uhuru Kenyatta had commissioned the road in November 2016 to reduce traffic jams along Mombasa Road and to cut down on transit truck traffic forced to snake through the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD).

A senior police officer, however, told The Standard that the lighting system on a section of the highway is controlled to ensure aircraft taking off from the nearby Wilson Airport are not misdirected.

The Ksh18 billion four-lane dual carriageway runs from Mombasa Road's Ole Sereni junction to Kikuyu in Kiambu County, terminating at the Nairobi-Nakuru highway and stretches past the Nairobi National Park, Lang'ata and Dagoretti.

Kenyans on social media had differing opinions surrounding the early Thursday morning, May 6 grisly accident along the bypass that left one person dead.

According to photos that circulated online, a BMW X5 vehicle rammed a lorry driven on the fast lane, according to police. Its driver, a middle-aged man, died on the spot.

Moreover, detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Wednesday, May 26 arrested six armed suspects who have been violently robbing motorists off their valuables along the major highway.

The arrests follow an account of a motorist who was attacked and violently robbed off his valuables along the highway after he stopped his vehicle, a silver Mercedes Benz to let his son answer a call of nature.

Four days later, three armed suspects who were planning to attack motorists on the bypass were arrested on Sunday, May 30. Brian Mwangi and Nickson Muchiri, both 25, were apprehended following a well-executed operation carried out by Langata-based Police Officers.

A third suspect, a 15-year-old boy, was apprehended as he fled to the nearby Ngong forest to avoid capture.

In the thorough operation staged by the officers, two motorbikes used by the criminals as a means of escape were also impounded.

Motorists plying the Southern Bypass in Nairobi County. /FILE