Four people died on the spot and others sustained serious injuries on Wednesday morning following a grisly road accident at Sabaki area, Athi-river Machakos County.
It is reported that a 14-seater matatu from Machakos was heading towards Nairobi before it rammed into a stalled trailer heading in the same direction.
The accident which occurred at around 4:53 am led to a heavy traffic snarl-up along the busy Nairobi Mombasa road and the Kitengela Namanga road.
According to an eyewitness, the stalled trailer with some cargo was in the middle of the road and had no indicator to warn motorists.
The speeding matatu is said to have rammed into the trailer from behind.
“It is sad that lives have been lost because of a careless road user. The trailer stalled on the road and the driver did not bother to put indicators or warning signs to guide the other road users. Several vehicles nearly rammed into the trailer before the matatu rammed on it. The matatu was speeding and there was no alternative to swerve the vehicle to the right as there was another oncoming lorry heading in the opposite direction,” Alex Kyalo, a bodaboda rider at the Sabaki stage claimed.
According to a police report at the Mlolongo police station, the trailer was stationary when the accident occurred and four passengers of the Nissan Matatu died on the spot.
The matatu is reported to have carried passengers to full capacity.
Those who were injured were rushed to Shallom community hospital Athi-river with those critical injured referred to Machakos level five hospital.
The four bodies have since been moved to Shallom community mortuary Athiriver.