Ugandan Registered Fuel Tanker Bursts Into Flames, Kills 40 In Kenya

Ugandan Registered Fuel Tanker Bursts Into Flames, Kills 40 In Kenya

At least 40 people died on Saturday night when a Fuel truck registration number UAK 519C rammed into several vehicles before bursting into flames near Karai on the Nairobi-Naivasha Highway.

The deputy county commissioner Isaac Masinde confirmed the news saying that at least 13 vehicles were also razed.

Two survivors of the accident have been admitted at the Nairobi hospital; one in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and while the other is said to be in stable condition.

Witnesses at the scene said the driver of the tanker lost control and hit the other vehicle which created chain of knocks.

The accident on the busy highway, some 80 kilometres west of Nairobi created a horrible scene.

According to a preliminary police report released on Sunday morning, the truck hit a bump before its driver lost control and rammed into a vehicle in front and other vehicles before it burst into flames.

“The fire spread very fast burning 10 other vehicles. A General Service Unit (GSU) Land Cruiser registration number GK B 961G was also burnt, killing the officers on board. Most bodies were burnt beyond recognition,” said the police report.

National Disaster Management Unit boss Pius Maasai has therefore advised those who lost their loved ones to report at Naivasha Police station for assistance.