, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 14 – Two people died in an accident involving five vehicles on Mombasa Road near the South ‘C’ fly over on Tuesday.
Nine others were seriously injured and rushed to the Kenyatta National Hospital with fractures and multiple soft tissue injuries.
Witnesses who spoke to Capital FM News said a lorry rammed into a matatu which was trying to overtake two vehicles that had earlier been involved in an accident.
James Waweru had just alighted from the ill-fated matatu before it got involved in the accident.
“There was an initial accident involving two cars. When this happened, the matatu and a lorry in front of it were looking for a chance to overtake when a lorry came and rammed into both of them,” another witness stated.
There has been a rise to the number of road accidents lately, mainly being attributed rogue road behaviour including speeding, drink-driving, and lack of road courtesy, among others.
Fatal road accidents are common in most parts of the country, particularly on highways in what police mostly blame on poorly maintained vehicles and abuse of traffic regulations.
Statistics available at the traffic headquarters show that more than 80 percent of the accidents involve public service vehicles.
Mombasa road where Tuesday’s accident occurred is common with fatal road accidents, mainly at the Machakos turn off and further away in Mtito Andei and Makindu.
On Sunday, four people including three Kenya Polytechnic students were killed and nine others wounded in a multiple road accident involving two busses and two saloon cars near Mtito Andei.