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Wreckage of the fuel tanker after exploding into flames along Narok-Mahi Mahiu road on Thursday morning. [Standard]

Two people have been burnt beyond recognition after a fuel tanker's driver lost control before the vehicle exploded on Thursday morning at around 2.30 am in Narok County.

According to Narok East Sub-County Police Commander Philip Musyoka, the tanker was speeding down a steep section of the Narok-Mai Mahiu road.

After the driver lost control, the tanker hit the rear of a light truck that was ferrying Grade Four books at Ntulele area before bursting into flames.

The driver and his turn boy succumbed died after being trapped in the tanker.

"When the tanker hit the Canter, the two vehicles veered 10 meters off the road and that's when the tanker burst into flames trapping the two inside burning them to death," said Mr Musyoka.

According to the police, initial investigations concluded that the tanker's brakes might have failed.

The police commander said the two occupants of the Canter escaped unhurt but books worth hundreds of thousands of shillings were reduced to ashes.

Books worth hundreds of thousands were reduced to ashes. [Standard]

The wreckages of the two vehicles that had been written off after the incident were towed to Ntulele police station.

Mr Musyoka said that the bodies have since been taken to Narok County Referral Hospital mortuary.

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