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The wreckage of an accident involving four vehicles along Mombasa Road on April 1, 2024.  PHOTO SIKIKA ROAD SAFETY

Ten people on Monday, April 1, died following a grisly road accident involving four vehicles between the Salama area and Sultan Hamud along Mombasa Road.

The collision involved an 18-seater matatu, a trailer, a lorry and another Public Service Vehicle (PSV).  

Paul Musila, Makueni County Health CECM confirmed the incident to Kenyans.co.ke and highlighted that seven people had been rushed to Sultan Hamud sub-county hospital. 

Mukaa Sub-County Police Commander Barnabas Ng'eno confirmed to the press that ten people succumbed to the tragedy. 

Witnesses at the scene rushed to assist in rescuing survivors. 

"Seven people nursing injuries have been rushed to Sultan Hamud Hospital at 10:00 pm," Musila stated. 

"We'll be getting more information about the casualties later." 

At the time of publishing this article, Makueni County Ambulance had arrived at the scene to aid in rescuing those trapped in the melee. 

Additionally, the accident caused a traffic snarl-up with motorists approaching the scene being ordered to seek another alternative route. 

Following the incident, locals called on Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen to intervene and find a solution to curb the surge in road accidents.  

The latest data by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) shows that 1,090 fatalities were recorded between January 1, 2024, to March 24, 2024.

Out of this, passengers recorded the highest number of deaths with 403, followed by 260 motorcyclists, 92 pillion passengers and 84 drivers.

Further, the incident comes amid an ongoing crackdown by NTSA officials and police officers on major highways to enforce traffic regulations. By Brian Kimani, Kenyans.co.ke

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