The Guardian (Nigeria)

Kenya fuel tanker explosion kills 13 in Siaya County


AT least 13 people have died after a petrol tanker overturned and caught fire in western Kenya yesterday.

The crash reportedly happened as the driver tried to avoid a head on collision with another lorry on the busy road between Kisumu and Busia.

People rushed to the scene with jerrycans to siphon off the fuel from the overturned tanker when it exploded.

Around 11 people, including children, are in hospital in a critical condition after suffering severe burns.

It took two hours for firefighte­rs to reach the scene, near the town of Malanga in Siaya County - about 315km ( 195 miles) north- west of the capital, Nairobi.

“We could not get a fire engine from Siaya County since it is in Nairobi. Fire crews came from a neighbouri­ng county to help,” local police chief, Moreso Chacha said.

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