SPEEDING, NO HAZARD SIGNS

Drivers’ negligence killed four in Mombasa road crash – police

Nine injured passengers were rushed to Shalom Community Hospital

In Summary

• Athi River subcounty police boss Anderson Njagi said the matatu driver was overspeeding while the trucker did not put lifesaver triangular reflectors to warn that the lorry had stalled. 

• The matatu rammed into the stationary trailer from behind. Both drivers escaped unhurt.

Police officers inspect a matatu that killed four people on Mombasa road at Athi River police station on Wednesday, July 21.
Police officers inspect a matatu that killed four people on Mombasa road at Athi River police station on Wednesday, July 21.
Image: GEORGE OWITI

Police have blamed the two drivers for a car crash on Mombasa road that killed four people at Sabaki in Athi River on Wednesday morning.

Athi River subcounty police boss Anderson Njagi said the matatu driver was speeding while the trucker did not put lifesaver triangular reflectors to warn that the lorry had stalled. 

The matatu rammed into the stationary trailer from behind. Both drivers escaped unhurt.

The four people died on the spot while nine others were admitted to Shalom Community Hospital in Athi River with injuries. Bodies were moved to the hospital's mortuary. Police have begun tracing the families. 

Njagi warned motorists against flouting traffic rules to avoid killing commuters.

A MAPRA Sacco driver, Sammy Mutinda, who reached the scene shortly after the accident said his colleague was travelling from Athi River to Nairobi.

“I received a phone call while I was in Mlolongo that the accident involved a matatu from my Sacco. Then rushed to the scene at around 5.30am and found people being removed from the wreckage. I saw four bodies loaded in a police vehicle and some injured people being rushed to Shalom hospital,” Mutinda said.

 

 

The trailer that the matatu rammed into from behind along Mombasa road in Sabaki, Machakos county on Wednesday, July 21.
The trailer that the matatu rammed into from behind along Mombasa road in Sabaki, Machakos county on Wednesday, July 21.
Image: GEORGE OWITI