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Inferno Kills 40 After Out Of Control Oil Tanker Rams Into Cars

December 11, 2016 by staff 

Inferno Kills 40 After Out Of Control Oil Tanker Rams Into Cars, At least 40 people were killed in a horrific multi-car road accident in Kenya after an oil truck spiralled out of control and slammed into oncoming traffic, before bursting into flames and sending a huge fireball into the sky.
The major accident along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway took the lives of at least 40 people, Naivasha Sub County Commissioner Isaac Masinde announced, Kenya’s the Nation reported.

Authorities fear that the death toll could rise even higher given the number of vehicles involved.

VIDEO| Fuel tanker loses control at Karai on Naivasha-Nakuru road, rams into several cars all bursting into flames. Casualty number unknown pic.twitter.com/TgLmgSEQ96

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Witnesses at the scene said that the truck driver lost control on a downhill stretch and rammed into a minibus before exploding near the Karai area in Naivasha, on a busy highway, some 80 kilometers west of Nairobi, the country’s capital.

Motorists drive past the wreckage of cars burnt after a fireball from an tanker engulfed several vehicles and killed at least 25 people, near the Rift Valley town of Naivasha, west of Kenya’s capital Nairobi, December 11, 2016. © Thomas Mukoya / Reuters
Huge flames followed the initial explosion and quickly spread to the other vehicles reducing them to husks.

“I was a distance away and that enabled me to slow down and reverse,” Peter Njoroge who had been trailing the truck in his car told the Nation. “It was a huge explosion and other motorists had little chance to react.”

A man looks at the wreckage of a police truck involved in an accident after a fireball from a tanker engulfed several vehicles and killed several people, near the Rift Valley town of Naivasha, west of Kenya’s capital Nairobi, December 11, 2016. © Thomas Mukoya / Reuters
The head of country’s transportation authority (NTSA), Francis Meja, confirmed that 12 vehicles were burned in the incident, adding that all 14 passengers in the minibus burned alive.

Motorists drive past the wreckage of cars burnt after a fireball from an tanker engulfed several vehicles and killed several people, near the Rift Valley town of Naivasha, west of Kenya’s capital Nairobi, December 11, 2016. © Thomas Mukoya / Reuters
Earlier, the Kenya Red Cross, which responded to the scene, reported that 30 bodies were pulled from the wreckage and taken to Naivasha Sub-County Hospital Mortuary.

The wreckage of a police truck involved in an accident after a fireball from a tanker engulfed several vehicles and killed several people, is recovered near the Rift Valley town of Naivasha, west of Kenya’s capital Nairobi, December 11, 2016. © Thomas Mukoya / Reuters
The accident, which caused heavy traffic along the busy highway, is under investigation.

Inferno Kills 40 After Out Of Control Oil Tanker Rams Into Cars

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