Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Thirteen killed after fuel tanker fire in Kenya

At least 13 people were killed when a petrol tanker overturned and caught fire in western Kenya at the weekend. The truck collided with another vehicle on a highway between Kisumu and Busia late on yesterday. Witnesses described the crash scene as a huge fireball.

People had rushed to the scene with jerrycans to siphon off fuel from the overturned tanker before it exploded. A local police chief said 24 people were in hospital with serious burns and said children were among the injured.

Investigators are still searching the scene and warned the death toll could rise. It took two hours for firefighters to reach the scene, near the town of Malanga, about 320km north-west of the capital, Nairobi.

Witnesses said several motorcycles were found smouldering close to the crash site. Road accidents are not unusual in the East Africa nation, where lorries and other vehicles often speed along single carriage highways. About 3,000 people die in road collisions in Kenya each year.

 

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