The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) on Monday, July 25, suspended the Modern Coast bus operations following the Nithi River accident, where 33 passengers died. The suspension will apply to 31 buses operated by the company on various routes throughout the country.
“Following a fatal road traffic crash that occurred on Sunday July 24 2022 at the Nithi Bridge, Tharaka Nithi County that has since claimed the lives of 33 passengers, the Authority hereby halts the operations of Modern Coast Express Limited,” read a statement by NTSA.
The routes affected are Nairobi-Mombasa, Mombasa-Mtwapa-Kilifi-Malindi-Witu-Mpeketoni-Lamu, Nairobi-Nakuru-Kisumu-Kakamega-Busia, as well as Nairobi-Nakuru-Kisumu-Eldoret-Malaba.
Nairobi-Narok-Kisii-Homabay-Migori-Isibania, Mombasa-Makindu-Wote-Kitui-Machakos, and Nairobi-Thika-Embu-Meru-Maua have also been affected. In addition, the NTSA has dispatched a multi-agency investigation to determine the cause of the accident.
“A thorough multi-agency investigation into the crash and an evaluation of the operator’s safety operational standards is currently underway,” he said.
The accident happened around 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 24, when the Mombasa-bound bus plunged into the river about 40 meters down.
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