Seven killed, 2 injured in Mombasa road accident

October 12, 2012 12:33 pm
Traffic Police chief Joshua Omukata: Motorists must be careful when driving. FILE.

, NAIROBI, Kenya Oct 12 – SEVEN people were killed on Friday when a matatu they were traveling in collided with a station wagon vehicle in Kibarani, Mombasa.

The accident occurred at the cross-way which is considered a black spot, according to police.

“We lost seven people, two others have been wounded,” Coast Traffic police Chief Joshua Omukata said.

He said the accident occurred when the matatu which was headed to Changamwe from Mombasa town, veered off the road and rolled several times before it collided with the station wagon vehicle headed in the opposite direction.

“That is the information we have from witnesses but we will have to investigate and see what exactly happened,” he said.

The accident that occurred shortly before 1 pm caused a major traffic jam on the busy stretch.

Police cautioned road users to be careful when driving on the cross-way where several people have been killed in previous road accidents—according to statistics available at the Mombasa provincial traffic headquarters.

Meanwhile, two children drowned while swimming in Tana River early Friday.

Bodies of one of the child aged 14 was retrieved soon after the incident but police said they were yet to retrieve another one of a 10-year-old boy which had not been sighted by Friday afternoon.

Last month, two children drowned in the same river while escaping from General Service Unit officers who were deployed to restore order in Tana Delta following intense fighting that started mid August leading the deaths of at least 117 people.


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