Alarm Raised Over Long Distance Buses Bursting Into Flames


Kenyans have raised concerns over the safety of long-distance buses in Kenya after another bus burst into flames at Voi.

The bus which belongs to Tahmeed Bus Company was ferrying passengers from Kitale to Malindi before bursting into flames on Sunday morning.

In a statement confirming the incident Tahmeed stated, “We are deeply sorry to inform you that one of our buses travelling from Kitale to Malindi experienced a fire incident earlier today. The bus caught fire around 4:00 AM near the Voi area.”

However, Tahmeed confirmed that all the passengers on board were rescued and no injuries or fatalities were recorded on board.

“We are grateful for the swift action that ensured everyone’s safety. Our teams assisted these passengers with completing their journey on alternative buses,” noted the company.

A collage of the bus on fire (left) and after along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway on Friday, December 9, 2022

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According to the company, passengers travelling on the bus were also allocated other buses and continued with their journeys.

However, Kenyans are raising alarm over the increasing cases of long-distance buses catching fire on the road.

“These cases of buses catching fire have become rampant, we need to come up with a solution, what could be the cause and possible solutions?” a social media user posed.

Questions about the servicing of the buses have been raised online over the incidents, with customers alleging that the companies are not maintaining the buses.

A bus from the same company caught fire in January 2023, with all the passengers managing to be evacuated from the bus before it  burst into flames.

In a separate incident that involved another bus company, on January 22, a bus travelling to Nairobi from Mombasa caught fire along the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway in Tsavo.

During the incident, twenty passengers on board were also evacuated and none of them was injured during the incident.

A collage of an accident caution tape (left) and matatus at a pick-up stage in Nairobi (right)

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