, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 7 – A motorist escaped death by a whisker on Waiyaki Way Tuesday morning when a driver ferrying goods from Uganda in a truck lost control, and rammed into his saloon car dragging it for several metres.
The motorist who survived with soft tissue injuries was rushed to the MP Shah hospital before the wreckage of his Mercedes Benz was towed to the Parklands police station.
Witnesses said it appears the truck’s brakes failed before it rammed the salon car and flattened the roof, resulting in a 12-vehicle pileup.
“We were selling our wares to motorists then we saw this truck speeding into the traffic on Waiyaki Way and before long it had hit this Mercedes Benz and was dragging it,” narrated a witness.
“Twelve other vehicles that were in the middle lane tried to move away from the accident but ended up crashing into each other,” he added.
Traffic police had to hold up oncoming traffic for about 45 minutes in a bid to clear the mess, causing a huge jam on the busy highway.
Soon after the accident occurred after the Museum Hill interchange, the truck driver fled leaving behind his loader.
“We were sitting in traffic waiting for it to clear up before we could go when the truck rammed the Benz. Unfortunately when we tried to avoid the accident we ended up hitting another vehicle which hit the one ahead,” said a motorist who declined to be named.
Earlier on Tuesday, another accident involving a bus from Easy Coach Company left one person dead and 10 others critically injured on the Ahero-Kisumu Highway.
The injured were rushed to the Ahero district hospital.