False alarm causes six-hour jam in Nyali

By: CHARLES MGHENYI

THERE was confusion yesterday morning at the Nyali Bridge in Mombasa after a rumour spread that a 14-seater matatu had plunged into the ocean.

A matatu, plying the Mtwapa route, was allegedly trying to overtake another vehicle when the incident happened.

“The matatu was speeding before it hit the rails and fell into the water,” a witness told the Star. Divers from the Kenya Naval Base Mtongwe, Kenya Ports Authority, Red Cross officials and police rushed to the scene and the area was cordoned off from the public.

They launched a search for the vehicle that had allegedly submerged. Traffic built up from the bridge to Bombolulu and the Nyali Links Road. However, police established that the rail was damaged by a car driven on the wrong side of the bridge.

It had knocked down the side rails after it swerved to evade the oncoming vehicles. “Our officers, who man the road block just before the bridge, said the driver made a U-turn and dashed away towards town,” Kisauni deputy police boss Walter Abondo said.