A section of the Mombasa Highway was Tuesday blocked following an accident involving a lorry ferrying liquefied petroleum gas and another one hauling a 40-feet container at Chyulu Hills, Makueni County, causing a fire from the leaking gas tank.
Fortunately there was no explosion due to advanced engineering that has produced non-exploding gas cylinders.
A driver of one of the lorries was killed while at least three other people were injured ion the smash-up 35 kilometres from Mtito-a-Ndei on the Nairobi stretch of the road.
The accident, which occurred at about 2am, blocked both lanes of the road. Police moved to the scene and stopped motorists from using the section.
This caused a huge traffic jam even as emergency service providers fought to contain the incident.
Police headquarters warned of a huge traffic jam on the highway but more officerd were sent to the area to address the mess.
Motorists from Nairobi heading to Mombasa should divert at Emali and take the Loitoktok-Taveta Road then head to Voi.
Those traveling from Mombasa to Nairobi to divert at Voi and take Taveta- Loitoktok- Emali Road to Nairobi.
More emergency services were mobilised to the area to help in managing the situation that had not been addressed by 7 am.