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Several Feared Dead as Petrol Tanker Hits Matatu and Transformer Before Bursting into Flames

Several Feared Dead as Petrol Tanker Hits Matatu and Transformer Before Bursting into Flames
Several Feared Dead as Petrol Tanker Hits Matatu and Transformer Before Bursting into Flames

Scores are feared dead in a grisly road accident involving a trailer and a matatu.

Reports indicate that the petrol tanker lost control and collided with the matatu before bursting into flames on August 26.

The accident happened at Mukhonje area along the Eldoret-Webuye road, in Kakamega County.

Eye witnesses recounted that the tanker is reported to have lost control, hit a stationery matatu, which then hit an electricity transformer and caught fire.

Unconfirmed reports from eye witnesses on the ground indicate that about seven people are feared to be dead after being trapped in the matatu.

Multiple shops near the scene also caught fire with property of an unknown value up in flames.

This comes just weeks after 15 people perished in a fuel tanker accident in Malanga in Gem.
Several others were rushed to hospital with serious injuries.

Among those who perished in the tragedy were those who had gone to siphon fuel.

In the wake of the tragedy, Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga cautioned Kenyans over the rising cases of deaths out of scrambles for fuel from overturned tankers.

The Former Prime Minister was reacting after 13 people were killed when a fuel tanker exploded in Malanga village in Gem, Siaya County on Saturday.

In his statement, the former Prime Minister called on Kenyans to learn to run away, not towards such scenes in future.

“As we mourn and reflect, I hope against hope that this may be the last time our people are dying out of a scramble for fuel from an overturned tanker; that our people may learn to run away, not towards such scenes in future,” Raila said.

“The scene of this latest accident is barely 10 kms from Sidindi where a similar accident claimed tens of lives in 1998,” he added.

He sent his condolences to the families that have lost loved ones in the accident.

“Quick recovery to those nursing injuries. May God grant you strength to cope,” Raila said.
The tragedy left another 29 people who were injured and were admitted to various hospitals with varying degrees of burns.

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