Driver burnt to death in fuel tanker accident in Bungoma

Written By: Kennedy Epalat

A truck driver was burnt beyond recognition while two others sustained injuries after a fuel tanker lost control before catching fire along the Bungoma-Malaba highway in Teso North Sub County.

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Teso North Sub County Police Commander Wilson Muraya said the Petrol tanker hit three other trucks which were among several trucks that had formed a long queue stretching over 10kms awaiting COVID-19 clearance certificates.

The police boss said the incident happened shortly after 11 pm catching most drivers unawares.

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One of the drivers was rushed to Teso North Sub County hospital with burns on his hands and shoulders whom hospital authorities said is out of danger.

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The driver Majaliwa Munao told KBC his truck which was transporting a container to Kampala from Mombasa was also burnt and that he was lucky to be alive.

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By 2 am Saturday morning, firefighters from Bungoma County were still putting of fire that was burning in one of the containers as police were making efforts to clear the road for traffic.

The charred remains of the driver of the fuel tanker were taken to Kocholya hospital mortuary as police were making efforts to remove his burnt truck from the road in order to allow normal traffic to resume.

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Teso North still has no fire engine after members of the Busia County Assembly shot down a finance bill that had proposed an allocation of funds to buy a fire engine for the busy Malaba town, a Disaster Management Center at Amagoro and Lighting arresters at lighting-prone Ang’urai South Ward.

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