Five people have been rescued after the Kangemi Flyover that is under construction on Waiyaki Way, Nairobi, collapsed on Monday evening, 21st June.
A section of the flyover came down at around 5:50pm, leaving several people buried under the debris and others with multiple injuries.
Efforts to rescue other workers trapped under the debris are ongoing.
The incident has caused a huge snarl-up on Waiyaki Way stretching all the way from Westlands, ABC, Delloite and Kangemi.
The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has since issued a statement, saying that it “regrets this unfortunate incident” and is keen to ensure that safety is a priority in all road projects.
“Amid ongoing works along the James Gichuru-Rironi Road project at Kangemi, the soil around the retaining wall of Kangemi Bridge collapsed,” read the KeNHA statement.
“One of the workers on site was rushed to hospital and is in stable condition. Two other workers survived the accident with minor injuries. All the workers on site have been accounted for even as work to secure the scene is ongoing.”
The flyover is part of the Nairobi Expressway construction project, which will stretch from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Westlands.
The 27.1-kilometre expressway is being built by the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC). It is expected to be completed at the end of 2022.
Once completed, it will see motorists take only 20 minutes to drive across the city from Mlolongo to Rironi near Limuru, through Westlands.