A bus belonging to the National Transit Authority was gutted by fire on April 29, 2016 along the Monrovia-Kakata Highway. The cause of the fire is yet to be established, according to the management of NTA.
In a press release issued late Sunday evening, the national transport agency said it regrets the unfortunate involving one of its busses, “bus 5172”.
The NTA management indicated that while it is trying to establish the cause of the incident, bus crew have intoned that the fire started from the engine compartment and that all efforts to use the bus fire extinguisher and with the assistance of commuters and bystanders using dirt were in vain. According to the NTA release, there were no human casualties or loss of lives. “The Authority in collaboration with the Liberia National Police has commenced investigation of the cause of the incident. We can assure the public that the Authority will not relent in dealing with the cause of the incident. We continue to increase the quality of work in our garage by prioritizing foreign and local trainings of our technical and operational staff,” the NTA said. The management continued: “the bus in question was an Ashok Leyland Falcon bus procured by the government of Liberia in May 2012. Since 2012, the bus was in active operations until the incident. Before leaving the compound of the National Transit Authority on 29 April 2016, routine repairs and maintenance service was performed on the bus and was qualified by the Technical Department for operations.” The NTA management assured that the entity remains committed to providing affordable, convenient and reliable public transportation service for the people of Liberia. “At the NTA, we see every challenge as an opportunity to improve where there are undetected problems. We believe in problem solving and will never lose focus of the mandate conferred on the NTA by providing affordable, effective and reliable public transportation for the people of Liberia,” the national transport agency added.