Kenya Railways has dismissed claims that one of its trains derailed on Friday, September 24, morning causing a heavy traffic snarl up in the city.
In the morning of Friday, an unusual traffic gridlock was reported for along the bustling Mbagathi Way and Langata Road, stretching for kilometers. The traffic congestion from the Mbagathi Way and Langata Road indirect right to the Bomas of Kenya, a distance of about 7.6 kilometers.
The traffic snarl up led to an uproar on online media with Kenyans blaming the cops charged with the obligation of ensuring free flow of traffic of failing to do their job.
Drivers and passengers on the two roads sent distress messages charging that a train had derailed blocking a part of the Mbagathi Way, with a section of the media getting the reports and broadcasting them.
Kenya Railways, nonetheless, presently says that none of its trains derailed today (September 24).
"Kenya Railways wishes to explain that contrary to the reports circulating via online media, none of our trains have derailed or caused traffic snarl ups within Nairobi," the assertion read.The National Police Service on their web-based media pages have likewise explained that no train derailed at the said hour.
The police had gotten the message on the claimed derailing of the train and forewarned drivers, advising them to utilize alternative routes.
The NPS has since clarified saying that it was not a train that derailed but a truck that developed mechanical issues and slowed down along Mbagathi Way and ultimately prompting the traffic jam.
"Reference is made to our previous communication that a train had derailed along the Mbagathi Way causing obstruction. The Commandant Railways Police wishes to affirm it was not a train, however a truck," the report read.
The truck has since been removed and the road cleared.
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