Tuesday, August 16, 2022

20 people dead in trailer-matatu accident along Nairobi-Mombasa highway

A road accident along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway has left 20 people dead. The trailer-matatu accident occurred at Taru, Samburu area along the highway.

Kwale County Police Commander Josephat Kinyua said that the driver of the matatu was trying to overtake another vehicle when his vehicle collided head-on with an oncoming trailer.

The matatu was heading to Mombasa from Nairobi when the accident occurred. Videos of the accident showed some of the passengers including the driver stuck dead in the wreckage.

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Bodies of the deceased have been moved to Kinango Sub-County Hospital mortuary. This accident is one of the worst in number of casualties involved to have happened in Kenya.

20 people dead in trailer-matatu accident along Nairobi-Mombasa highway
The scene of the accident. This matatu was trying to overtake another vehicle when the accident occurred.

The accident comes as the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) moved to curb rising road accidents.

In June 2022, the NTSA announced that it will be launching the Integrated Transport Management System (iTMS) to help minimize accidents in the country.

“We shall roll it out countrywide where police will be equipped with smart applications to help them automatically collect key road data for easy action,” said NTSA Director General, George Njau.

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