Tragedy as 40 perish in Tanker freak accident along Nairobi-Naivasha road

Kenyans have woken up to devastating news after 40 people were killed in a horrific tanker accident at Kinungi, Naivasha.

The tanker carrying chemical gas crashed into other vehicles and burst into flames on a major road in Kenya, killing more than about 40 people, officials say.

Vehicles damaged in an oil tanker explosion are seen in Karai, Naivasha, on December 11, 2016.  At least 25 people have been killed and several others injured when a fuel tanker lost control and rammed into several vehicles before bursting into flames in Naivasha. / AFP PHOTO / Simon MAINA

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Mwachi Pius Mwachi, spokesman for the National Disaster Management Unit, said the vehicle lost control while going downhill on the road from the capital of Nairobi to Naivasha.

“This is a serious chemical incident,” he said.

Felestus Kioko, the Red Cross coordinator of the region, said more than 30 bodies had been recovered.

Police said that 10 people were injured.

Eleven vehicles were burnt in the accident.

The accident comes at a time when the doctors and nurses are on strike. Many have also questioned the presence of a tanker on the road at night contrary to regulations. Others asked why the tanker was using the route instead of the prescribed Mai-Mahiu road which is largely reserved for trailers

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