Travelers stranded for hours along Mombasa Road following an accident

Police say heavy rains experienced in the area worsened the situation. [File, Standard]

Hundreds of travelers have been stranded for hours along Mombasa Road following a road accident that involved a trailer between Masimba and Kiboko area.

Traffic police say the accident happened on Sunday, November 12 along the busy highway causing a heavy gridlock after the trailer completely blocked both sides of the road.

"The situation was made worse after some motorists tried to overlap and got interlocked. They were forced to spend the night here as the rains pounded," a junior traffic officer at the scene told The Standard on phone.

Police have blamed the overlappers for the delayed rescue operations since efforts to tow the trailer bore no fruits.

Various bus companies including Dreamline and Tahmeed have taken to social media to apologise and warn their passengers of the impending delays that have affected service delivery between Mombasa and Nairobi.

"We would like to inform you that most routes will experience delays tomorrow Monday 13th November, as a result of a road traffic accident along the Mombasa-Nairobi highway between Masimba and Kiboko area.
We kindly request you to exercise patience as relevant authorities work to resolve this," Tahmeed posted on Facebook.

The busy Mombasa - Nairobi highway has been busy considering the number of people who flocked to the Coastal City to unwind considering the national holiday (Monday) announced last week.