Fuel truck blast kills 13 in Kenya

NAIROBI (AFP) – Thirteen people were killed and many others injured when an overturned petrol tanker caught fire and exploded on a highway in western Kenya, police said on Sunday (July 18).

“We counted twelve bodies at the scene. Another person died in hospital from their injuries,” said police chief Charles Chacha of Siaya County, where the accident occurred late on Saturday.

The victims had rushed to siphon leaking fuel after the truck toppled over in an accident near Malanga, some 315 kilometres north-west of Nairobi, on the busy road between Kisumu and the border with Uganda.

“It burst into flames as they scooped fuel that was flowing,” said Chief Chacha.

“Many others have been taken to hospital with serious burns and they include young children.”

Fire crews arrived on the scene two hours later to douse the inferno.

In 2009, a similar accident near Molo, north-west of the capital Nairobi, killed some 122 people.


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