A Kenya Railways train moving at full speed rammed into a matatu which found itself stuck on the railway line at the Mutindwa level crossing in Nairobi at around 12.30 a.m. on Thursday, April 23.
Amid heavy rains, the minibus matatu known as Stampede was unable to get itself off the tracks, with individuals desperately trying to shout down the train driver to stop as it came blaring.
The train smashed into the matatu even as the impact brought the train to a halt.
Questions immediately emerged on the operations of the matatu which was bound for Umoja considering the government’s move to impose a dusk-to-dawn curfew in a bid to control the spread of the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
File image of Nairobi police commander Philip Ndolo
Matatu got stuck at Mutindwa last night and was knocked down by a Kenya Railways train:
Posted by Kenyans.co.ke on Wednesday, 22 April 2020
More than half a dozen individuals were present at the scene during the crash as depicted in amateur videos of the crash.
Nairobi police boss Philip Ndolo told Kenyans.co.ke on Thursday, April 23, that he was unaware of the alleged curfew violations but asserted that a team based in the area would look into it.
“I’m not aware of the curfew violations because I’ve actually not seen the video. But the relevant officers in the area will be looking into it if it is so,” he assured.
Efforts by Kenyans.co.ke to get a comment from Kenya Railways on Tuesday, April 22, over the crash were also futile as our calls went unanswered.
While the government has reiterated the need for Kenyans to adhere to the curfew, with the police deployed in full force to enforce it, cases of Kenyans violating the curfew have been reported in several counties.
Among the most common violations have been individuals partying in various places during the curfew, sometimes locking themselves in bars.
There has also been a number of reported cases of thugs capitalising on the curfew to raid businesses knowing that people were home.
The government has maintained, however, that those found violating the curfew will be arrested and taken to quarantine centers, where they will spend 14 days at their own cost.