31 December 2012

Kenya: Traffic Boss Wants Wall Put Up to Reduce Accidents

Traffic police in Mombasa want a concrete wall built in the middle of the Makupa Causeway on the Kibarani stretch to reduce accidents.

Coast traffic commandant Joshua Omuka said most of the accidents in the area, which is a black spot, are caused by careless driving. He said most drivers lose control of their vehicles, ramming into the oncoming cars.

"Our preliminary investigation indicates most of the accident at Kibarani could be reduced if a wall is constructed and drivers exercise caution," Omukata said.

On Saturday, two people were killed and 13 others injured after a driver of a trailer lost control and the truck veered off its lane and rammed into two oncoming vehicles.

Omukata said the accident involved the trailer, motorbike, pickup and a matatu heading to Changamwe from Mombasa. The truck overturned and smashed the pickup and the matatu.

Among those injured in the 6pm incident was a baby. "The driver of the trailer lost control as it was heading to Mombasa from Changamwe killing a rider and a passenger on the spot," Omukata said.

Police are looking for the trailer's driver who escaped immediately after the accident. "We suspected the accident was caused by careless driving," Omukata said.

The accident caused a huge traffic at the busy road as the police and breakdown crew tried to pull the wreckage of the three vehicles.

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