A driver of a 14- seater matatu came a real- life idol on Monday, May 30, after he saved the lives of fourteen scholars aboard his vehicle when it caught fire before burning to ashes along the Kisii- Kilgoris trace.
Speaking to the media, Henry Nyambega revealed that he came concerned after a number of passengers began coughing shortly after the vehicle made a layover at Nyakegogi centre.
A quick look through his hinder- view glass, he saw that bank was jutting and made a split-alternate decision to pull over and order the passengers out of the vehicle.
“ The passengers were overwhelmed with the smoke. I incontinently stopped the vehicle along the road and asked the captain to let the students out and guide them to safety, ” Nyambega stated.
Suspecting that the bank might have come from the battery, he and his captain lifted the carpooler’s seat. While the power unit was complete, a ball of fire surfaced from underneath the vehicle, forcing them to flee.
“ As we continued trying to establish the origin of smoke, a ring of fire surfaced from underneath the vehicle, spreading throughout the vehicle, burning it down fully, ” the heroic driver recited.
Fortunately, no passenger was harmed nor property lost, save for the vehicle. Nyambega bared that the vehicle had experienced service before the trip and had no mechanical problems at the time of the incident.
Police officers who responded to the torture call by the passengers have launched examinations into the conflagration. A shell of what remained after the vehicle burnt was taken to the Itumbe police station for farther assessment.
The proprietor of the vehicle, who arrived at the scene, claimed losses of undisclosed value. The scholars who were in the vehicle were allowed to do with their trip using an indispensable motor vehicle.
The incident happed slightly a month after a machine full of passengers burst into dears along the Nairobi- Kisumu trace on May 2. According to the passengers, the 57- seater caught fire following a tire burst.
Property of unknown value was destroyed by the fire as the trippers
told the press that sweats to pull out some of the luggage from the lower cabin were in vain due to the fast- spreading fire.
According to Howstuffworks.com, leading causes of auto fires include leaks in the energy system, electrical system failures, overheating machines and transformers, poor conservation, and design excrescencies.
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