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Students escaped death after vehicle catches fire

05 March 2014, 21:02 Joseph Njung’eh

Nairobi - A group of 18 girls from Othaya Girls Secondary school escaped death narrowly when a Matatu they were travelling in burst into flames along the busy Thika superhighway near the Kenyatta Road flyover.

The girls who were returning to school after the mid-term break had boarded the Matatu from the Nairobi bus park, the vehicle then developed wiring problems while in transit.

The driver was shaken, but he managed to drive the burning Matatu to the road side and evacuated the students with their belongings. He then watched hopelessly as the 18-seater Matatu was reduced to a shell by the fierce fire.

Efforts by other road users to put out the fire using personal fire extinguishers proved futile as the fuel tank burst into flames overwhelming the good samaritans.

Area traffic boss, Abdi Noor calmed down the students and later organised alternative transport for the girls who continued their journey back to school.

“It’s a miracle that the driver single-handedly managed to evacuate all the girls from the burning matatu and none of them was injured during the incident,” said the officer.

By the time the Thika-based fire engines arrived at the scene almost 45 minutes later, the Matatu was already a shell.

It was later towed to juja police station.

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