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This is what caused the monster traffic jam on Mombasa road

Hundreds of travellers were on Sunday night stuck in a traffic jam on the Nairobi – Mombasa highway in a gridlock that lasted for more than 12 hours.

The snarl up, which started from Mto wa Mawe in Athi River and stretched to Chumvi on the junction to Machakos town, was caused by a truck whose head dislodged and plunged into a ditch near Green Park Homes leaving the trailer on the road.

The situation was aggravated by heavy rains which made it difficult for the Police to reach the scene of accident. The mud made it impossible to use the side roads.

BOTH SIDES OF THE ROAD

“The trailer has blocked the road causing the snarl up of vehicles on both sides of the road,”said the Machakos County Deputy Commissioner Mr George Onyango.

Hundreds of vehicles were stuck on Mombasa road for over 12 hours on April 24, 2016. PHOTO | COURTESY
Hundreds of vehicles were stuck on Mombasa road for over 12 hours on April 24, 2016. PHOTO | COURTESY

Mr Onyango said rescue efforts were made difficult by the heavy rains that pounded the area overnight.

He said vehicles were being diverted to Kangundo Road.

But even Kangundo Road soon after experienced a massive traffic jam.

By 9am a group of journalists who had travelled from Ahero, Kisumu County, for a burial were still stuck at Kyumbi junction.

“I can’t believe it! I have spent the night between Mlolongo and Kyumbi, “said Mr Michael Mutinda, one of the journalists stuck in the overnight traffic jam.

The group comprising of Makueni, Kitui and Machakos journalists were on Mombasa road from 7pm. They managed to reach Machakos town at 9.30am.