Modern coast buses burning up!

Currently there have been cases of long distant buses bursting into flames while on transit. These cases have been happening mostly long the Nairobi-Mombasa highway and some have ended up in fatal casualties.

A bus with 47 passengers on board burst into flames on Wednesday morning along Nairobi-Mombasa highway.


All the passengers managed to escape unhurt and evacuate their luggage before the entire bus burst into flames.

The bus belonging to Simba Coach Company went up in flames at 4.00am at Kambu in Kibwezi sub-county.

Area OCPD Ben Changulo said the bus’ rear tyres caught fire, which quickly spread out, reducing the bus to ashes.

Mr Changulo said the passengers managed to evacuate their luggage before the entire burst into flames.

The cause of the fire was not immediately established, and police are investigating the incident.

The OCPD appealed to drivers to ensure that vehicles are well serviced and in good condition before they embark on a journey.

Coast regional traffic commandant Emmanuel Okanda said they have deployed police officers to the scene to assist in the investigation.

Modern Coast management confirmed that all the passengers, and their luggages are safe.

“We appreciate the team work from our crew and passengers during evacuation. Cause of fire are not yet known. We expect delay in arrival to Nairobi of your loved ones,” the company said on its official Facebook account.

Another instance was of  Modern Coast bus that caught fire early in the morning on October 13, 2018 while on its way to Mtito Andei at Samburu, Kwale County.
Another incident occurred at the Mombasa-Nairobi Highway Fear and gripped passengers of a bus belonging to Modern Bus company after it caught fire near Maungu on Wednesday, December 14 2016.

In June 2015, another Mombasa-bound bus Tahmeed was razed while traveling from Dar es Salaam to Tanga.

Investigators are grappling with the growing number of cases that have sparked panic among millions of people who use passenger buses in the country.

The incident comes in the wake of an accident on Nairobi-Naivasha road where a vehicle with inflammable substances caught flames and burnt 14 vehicles at Karai.

My question is is anything being done to curb this unlawful incidence of putting unroad-worthy vehicles to transport people?

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