Mombasa, KENYA: A bus that was heading to Nairobi from Mombasa was on Thursday morning involved in a head on collision with a fuel tanker at Maji ya Chumvi area in Mariakani .
According to one of the survivors, the driver of the tanker was driving at a high speed when it collided with the Dreamline bus that had left Mombasa for Nairobi at 9.15am.
“The tanker driver was reckless he was over speeding the bus driver tried to let him pass but he instead hit the bus and the bus rolled down,” he said.
Speaking at the scene, Deputy Director National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) Hared Adan said police will continue with investigations.
According to officers at the scene, a total of 13 passengers sustained minor injuries with 3 others suffering serious injuries, they were rushed to Mariakani District Hospital where they are recuperating.
The bus company also through their Facebook page, confirmed that one there buses was involved in an accident.
“We wish to confirm that our bus KCJ 112A that left Mombasa at 9.15 am was involved in an accident at Maji ya Chumvi. The injured have been rushed to Mariakani Hospital for treatment. A rescue bus has been dispatched from Mombasa. The cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained, investigations ongoing.
More updates to follow.” Read the post.
Before the accident, Adan had earlier been in a meeting with Matatu Owners and Operators in Mombasa to sensitize them on safety along the Mombasa-Malindi Highway.
He said from January this year to 28th December, a total of 248 road accidents have taken place, with Kilifi-Malindi road recording 105, Taveta 45, Mombasa 70 while Tana River and Lamu with 0 reported cases.
He further urged the drivers and sacco owners to ensure that the speed governors are not tampered with.
“Most of these accidents occur because of over speeding, and most drivers are not qualified,” he added.
Drivers on the hand have however blamed NTSA for coming up with very strict rules and some of the accidents occur because of narrow roads and potholes.