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Vehicle plunges into Nairobi Expressway pit

A saloon car broke through erected barriers erected along Mombasa road mark the pits being dug up in the Nairobi Expressway Project.

The driver was caught out by the convergence, diving through the barrier straight into the pit riddled with heavy gauge construction metals near the NextGen Mall.

Footage of the crushed car has since emerged showing the point at which the vehicle broke through as well.

The state of boarders of the vehicle was yet to be established by the time members of the press got the information.

The event that went down close to Capital Centre saw at least four other vehicles affected as they tried to avoid each other at the points lanes converged.

An overturned lorry lay on the side of the road, with the dual lanes littered with different car parts and shattered windscreen strew across the road.

According to reports by eyewitnesses of the accident, the driver of the saloon car was intoxicated at the time of the accident.

About 200 metres from the scene of the accident, the contractors had erected warning signs directing motorists to slow down for there is construction works ahead.

However, the residents of Nairobi noted that the area is poorly lit, warning of more accidents like those if it goes unaddressed.

The country has, in the recent past, after bars were reopened, been experiencing a rise in the number of accidents linked to driving under the influence of alcohol.

On the first weekend of bar operations since Covid-19 pandemic, 60 people were killed in road accidents.

Police Spokesman Charles Owino warned Kenyans that the police would be conducting random drink-driving alcoblow tests in major towns and highways to reduce the accidents.

Alcoblow testing was however withdrawn in 2019 due to allegations that police officers were misusing it with selfish interests.

They were accused of using alcoblows to harass and extort drivers, which prompted the Inspector-General Hillary Mutyambai to suspend its use.

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