Now 51 killed in oil tanker horror - Daily Nation

Now 51 killed in oil tanker horror

Saturday January 31 2009

At least 56 people are feared to have died and 131 others injured on Saturday when a petrol tanker from which they were siphoning petrol burst into flames near Molo town.

Dozens more sustained life-threatening burns in the explosion which occurred near Jolly Farm on the Nakuru-Eldoret highway at about 7.30 pm.

Among the injured were police officers who had rushed to the scene after the petrol tanker tipped over.

Two hours after the fire started there had not been an effort to put it out and this Sunday Nation writer could still see bodies burning away from a distance of about 50 metres.

The Nakuru Municipal Council’s fire engine arrived at the scene more than an hour after the explosion. Molo town has no fire engine.

Rescuers who rushed to the scene had been unable to move in and rescue the victims due to the intense heat.

Molo deputy police boss Daniel Kamanza told the Sunday Nation that he had counted 50 bodies of people who had burnt beyond recognition.