Tanker Explosion Kills 40 People Along Nairobi-Naivasha Highway

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naivasha-accidentAt least 40 people were burnt to death following a grisly road accident involving fourteen cars along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.

The accident involved a fuel tanker and 14 other vehicles near Kinungi trading center, Naivasha.

Witnesses said the driver of the tanker lost control and hit the other vehicles, causing huge flames reducing them to shells.

“It was unbelievable, there are bodies burnt beyond recognition. Many others were left nursing injuries some of them serious,” said a witness.

Among those killed were five GSU officers whose car was hit by the speeding lorry.

For over three hours, the road was rendered impassable as fire fighters from Naivasha sub-county moved in to contain the fire.

Mangled bodies were spread along the highway as relatives and members of the public tried to come in terms with the deadly disaster.

A witness James Kimani blamed the recently erected speed bumps for the accident noting that there were no signs to warn motorists.

Kimani said that the lorry which was going downhill hit the bumps before losing control and ramming into the incoming vehicles.

“There was heavy traffic on the road at the time and the lorry on hitting the other vehicles burst into flames trapping the victims and burning them,” he said.

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