NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 13 – Another fuel tanker overturned on Thursday night at Sachang’wan in Molo, about two kilometres from the scene of the recent tragedy that killed more than 130 people who burned to death as they siphoned fuel.
By Friday morning, fuel was still leaking from the overturned tanker that was carrying crude oil, but police were guarding it to avert another disaster.
“There is heavy presence of police officers from Molo and other nearby police stations to keep the crowd at bay,” an officer told Capital News from Molo.
He said they received reports that a truck had overturned at about 5 am and immediately proceeded to guard it.
“We learnt a lesson from the recent incident that is why we have to take precautions. We will not allow a crowd to gather near the tanker because they may be tempted to siphon fuel,” another officer said.
133 people, mainly young men, were killed when a petrol tanker overturned at Sachang’wan on January 31.
78 of those burnt beyond recognition were buried in a mass grave less than 100 metres from the scene of the accident on February 9.
The families of some others who died during the inferno have been allowed to bury their kin, but 10 remain unidentified at mortuaries in Nakuru and may end up in another mass grave.