NTSA Suspends Modern Coast Operations

The suspension affects 31 buses plying all the seven routes across the country.

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has halted all Modern Coast bus operations.

The authority declared in a statement on Monday, July 25 that investigations had been launched in the wake of the tragic accident that occurred on Sunday, July 24, and claimed at least 34 lives.

The suspension affects 31 buses plying all the seven routes across the country.

“Following a fatal road traffic crash that occurred on Sunday 24th July, 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.

“A thorough multi-agency investigation into the crash and an evaluation of the operator’s safety operational standards is currently underway. We condole with the families of those who lost their loved ones in this tragic crash and wish quick recovery to those undergoing treatment,” read the statement in part.

The accident occured when the Mombasa-bound bus plunged into the river, about 40 meters down, killing 20 people on the spot. Six others were pronounced dead on arrival in hospital.

The search and rescue was, however, called off until Monday morning when six more bodies were retrieved. As at now, the death toll has risen up to 34.

Police said preliminary investigations had shown that the bus plunged into the river due to brake failure at the bridge that is marked as a black spot due to the high number of accidents that have occurred there.

Modern Coast operates on different routes across the country which include; Nairobi-Mombasa, Mombasa-Mtwapa – Kilifi – Malindi – Witu – Mpeketoni – Lamu as well as Nairobi-Nakuru – Kisumu – Kakamega – Busia.

The other four routes are Nairobi – Nakuru – Kisumu – Eldoret – Malaba, Nairobi-Narok – Kisii – Homabay – Migori – Isibania, Mombasa – Makindu – Wote – Kitui – Machakos and Nairobi – Thika – Embu – Meru – Maua.