Three people have died and five others injured on Thursday, April 29 after a matatu ran over a concrete barrier and collided head-on with a truck at Makupa Causeway, Mombasa County.
According to eye witness, the matatu lost control and collided with a lorry that was heading to Mombasa. The Matco Sacco matatu was on it’s way from Mombasa to Kitui when the 7:30am accident occurred.
Regional Police traffic commander Peter Maina has confirmed the incident.
“Today, around 7.30 am, a 14-seater matatu from Makupa lost control and rolled onto the other side of the road and into oncoming traffic, colliding with a lorry, a canter, and we lost three people,” Maina said.
One of the accident survivors, Mr. Daniel Omondi, the driver of the canter has said that he was lucky to be alive together with his turnboy from the morning ordeal. “I just saw the matatu flying my way. I almost drove into the ocean as I tried to avoid a head on collision. It was unfortunate that it landed right on my side.”
Among those who have lost their lives in the deadly road crash is the driver of the matatu and two passengers, a woman and a man. Their bodies have been taken to Coast General Teaching and Referral Hospital mortuary.
Another Makupa Causeway accident
In December 2020, a woman died after a saloon car she was driving plunged into the Indian Ocean at the Makupa Causeway.
Winnie Achieng’ lost her life when she was being rushed to Coast General Hospital. Doctors pronounced her dead on arrival.
The 33-year-old woman was driving a Toyota Vitz, registration number KCY 556B, coming from the Changamwe side going towards the Mombasa Island.
Eyewitnesses say that the car was speeding, with police reports indicating that the car hit a pavement when it plunged into the ocean.
Achieng’ was with her 12-year-old son in the car, and he managed to swim to his safety. Achieng’, strapped to her seat by a safety belt, had taken in a lot of water when local divers rescued her.