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One feared dead after trailer ferrying gas explodes at Chyulu Hills

One feared dead after trailer ferrying gas explodes at Chyulu Hills”

A driver in one of the trucks involved in the Chyulu Hills accident along the Mombasa-Nairobi Highway has died while three others have been injured.

The 2am accident occurred after the driver of a gas tanker tried to overtake and collided head-on with on oncoming truck, igniting a fire from the leaking gas tanker.

Police have secured the scene with only emergency service providers allowed at the scene and blocked both sides of the Higway as they struggle to contain the fire and ease traffic.

The accident caused a heavy traffic snarl up, with the police issuing alternative routes for motorists travelling to and from Nairobi.

Traffic to and from Mombasa came to a halt and police advised motorists and other road users to avoid the scene.

No casualties were immediately reported.

Motorists using the road have been warned to expect delays as police clear the scene.

In December 2017, the busy Nakuru-Nairobi highway was closed for nearly 12 hours after a massive gas leak from a tanker at Gitaru, near Kikuyu.

This contrasted with a disaster in 2016 in Naivasha when a lorry carrying petroleum products from Mombasa to Kampala rammed several vehicles before bursting into flames.

Some 39 people died and scores of others were seriously injured in the crash that hit global headlines.



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