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Mombasa-Nairobi Highway named one of “world’s most dangerous” roads

Mombasa-Nairobi Highway has been named one of the most dangerous roads in the world.

Research by Budget Direct, one of the largest insurance companies in Australia ranks highway A109 poorly in terms of accidents and casualties. “In 2019, 27 people died on it during an eight-month period,” says the research. 

Africa’s deadliest road the Accra to Cape Coast Road in Ghana, which connects Accra to Cape Coast. Between 2004 and 2011, there were 6,104 accidents and 7,465 casualties.

Dangerous Roads

Other notorious roads on the continent are the Plumtree-Bulawayo-Harare-Mutare Highway in Zimbabwe (569 accidents in 2016) and Cameroon’s Douala-Yaoundé Road.  “Nearly one-third of the country’s 3,000 annual accidents occur on this road every year,” says the report.

In Europe, Ukraine’s M-06 which connects Kiev to Chop is the most dangerous, with 757 accidents recorded last year. In North and Central America, the pan-American Highway which crosses El Salvador from north to south, claimed 184 deaths in 2016 making it the most dangerous.

Dangerous Roads
The June 2021 accident that claimed the life of Nguu/Masumba MCA Harrison Ngui. PHOTO/FILE

The Dhaka-Sylhet highway (N2) in Sylhet, Bangladesh, is the worst in Asia and Oceania region. In 2020 alone, it claimed 250 lives.  

Data used in generating this report was gleaned from government websites, news reports and transport associations.

A few years ago, Nairobi-Nakuru Highway (A104) was named by a British company Driving Experiences as one of the world’s “highways to hell.”

“Unlike most dangerous roads, it’s not the road conditions but the drivers that are the main hazard on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway,” said the study. “The highway is notorious for drink-driving combined with speeding, poor overtaking and pedestrians in the road which resulted in 320 deaths on the highway in one year alone.”

Ignominous Mantle

It now seems highway A109, which is replete with long-haul trucks, has taken over this ignomious mantle. It reinforces 2017 findings by NTSA, which ranked it as the deadliest road in the country, followed by Thika Super Highway and Waiyaki Way.

Only this week, four people died on this highway when a matatu rammed into a stationary truck near Mlolongo.

In mid-June this year, Makueni MCA Harrison Ngui died at Salama when his Toyota Prado collided head-on with a truck.

In Kenya, about 3,000 people die in road accidents annually.

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