42 escape unhurt after Mombasa-bound Tahmeed bus catches fire

By , K24 Digital
On Sat, 28 Jan, 2023 22:03 | 2 mins read
Tahmeed bus catches fire
Tahmeed Bus goes up in flames on the Nairobi- Mombasa Highway on January 28, 2023. PHOTO/Courtesy

A Mombasa-bound Tahmeed bus ferrying passengers burst into flames and burnt to ashes shortly after all passengers were evacuated.

Confirming the incident, Voi Sub-county police commander Bernastein Shari told a local publication that the unfortunate incident occurred on the Nairobi-Mombasa highway, a few kilometres from Voi town.

While noting that the cause of the fire is yet to be established, the police boss confirmed that all passengers were safely evacuated before the bus was reduced to ashes.

"The bus belonging to Tahmeed Bus Company with 42 passengers on board was heading to Mombasa from Nairobi," the police boss stated.

The passengers recounted that they were informed by passers-by that their bus was on fire when they stopped at caltex.

"One of the passengers was alighting then people started shouting telling us our bus was on fire. We quickly disembarked but unfortunately, we could not save anything," Abdala Salim, a passenger said.

According to a passenger, the company had set plans to facilitate their trip to their destination.

Separate accident in Murang'a

Elsewhere in Murang'a, three people died on the spot and several others were seriously injured in a grisly road accident along the Kenol-Sagana road on Friday evening.

The accident is said to have occurred at around 8.00 PM at a place called Ha-Muthike where a matatu heading towards Sagana collided head-on with an oncoming lorry.

According to a police report, the matatu driver is said to have tried to overtake a vehicle in front of him leading to the fatal crash.

Those who died are two minors and one adult.

The victims who sustained injuries were rushed to a nearby hospital where they are undergoing treatment. Police have launched an investigation into the incident.

In the past month, four accidents have been reported along the same route claiming a handful of lives.

About a week ago, three people perished after a personal vehicle they were travelling in rammed into a lorry at a notorious black spot known as Mlima-Swara.

Lack of road signage on the road which has been under construction for expansion has been attributed to be one of the leading causes of the accidents with calls to the drivers to ensure they observe traffic rules to avert such incidents.

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