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Bus With Passengers Bursts Into Flames on Nairobi-Mombasa Highway

  • A bus with passengers burst into flames along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway heading to Mombasa from Nairobi.

    In a video shared by Sikika Road Safety on Friday, December 9, the vehicle was parked on the side of the road near a ditch as it was consumed by the fire.

    The accident occurred at 2:25 am on Friday morning, December 9, at Mtito Andei, Makueni County.

    According to the reports, all the passengers were evacuated to safety before the fire spread. 

    The bus wreck after a fire on the Nairobi-Mombasa highway on Friday, December 9, 2022

    The bus wreck after a fire on the Nairobi-Mombasa highway on Friday, December 9, 2022

    Sikika Road Safety

    “We tried to put off the fire with water but our efforts bore no fruits,” stated one of the passengers.

    Following the unprecedented accident, area residents helplessly watched from a distance as the bus was reduced to ashes.

    “This is terrible,” noted another passenger as he recorded the ordeal.

    From the one-minute video, other road users carried on their journey without offering assistance. Notably, no casualties were reported from the accident.

    The cause of the fire was unascertained. However, some passengers claimed it began at the front of the vehicle

    In November 2022, the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) announced that the number of victims of road accidents from January to October 30, 2022, increased to 17,550 from 16,642 in 2021.

    NTSA further indicate that accidents occurred mostly from Friday to Sunday between 5 pm and 10 pm due to reduced law enforcement, driver fatigue, and high volumes of traffic.

    Accidents, it added, can be curbed through the reduction of wreckless driving and other human errors. 

    An NTSA official marshalls traffic at a past accident scene

    An NTSA official marshalls traffic at a past accident scene

    NTSA

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Jay Ndungu

Jay is a computer scientist and journalist with a passion for the intersection of technology and society. He has a background in computer science, developing a deep understanding of the technical aspects of the industry, including programming languages and software development methodologies. Currently, He writes for Nairobi Times, covering a wide range of topics including technology, politics, sports, and entertainment. With his unique combination of technical knowledge and journalistic experience, Jay brings a unique perspective to the stories he covers, able to explain complex technical concepts in an easy-to-understand manner. His work is dedicated to bridge the gap between technology and society, and to make people more aware of the potential of technology to make the world a better place.

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