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Fuel tanker explodes in Kakamega road accident

Smoke billows as passers-by watch after a fuel tanker exploded in a road accident along the Eldoret-Malaba Highway. [Omero Juliet, Standard]

Several people are feared dead after a fuel tanker exploded this evening at Mukhonje market along the Kipkaren-Webuye road, Kakamega.

Matete Sub-County Police boss told The Standard that they are working round-the-clock to contain the fire.

"We have firefighters at the scene but the fire is huge. We suspect that it could have started when the tanker headed to Malaba border from Nairobi collided with another lorry," he said.

Police said that they could not immediately establish whether there were casualties or injuries from the accident.   

"We are afraid that the fire could spread to nearby shops and homes,” Northern Corridor Transit Patrol Unit Police Commander Joshua Nyasimi said.

Traffic built up along the road with several motorists opting to use alternative routes.

Smoke billows as passers-by watch after a fuel tanker exploded in a road accident along the Eldoret-Malaba Highway. [Omero Juliet, Standard]

The area [Mukhonje] is a known black spot. Last year in August, seven people died when a tanker lost control crashing into other vehicles. 

[Additional information by Omero Juliet]