Fuel tanker veers off road after driver loses consciousness

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Fuel tanker veers off road after driver loses consciousness in Eldoret
a saloon car crushed in the morning incident

A driver has been rushed to hospital after a morning crash at the Fly-over area in Eldoret.

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The trailer driver is said to have lost consciousness leading to it ramming into a matatu and several other vehicles causing damages.

Limo Kimutai, the matatu driver said he was lucky to survive the accident unhurt as several other drivers escaped with minor injuries.

“I just saw a trailer veering off the road on my left and hit my matatu from behind. It then pushed me further on causing me to crash two other vehicles which were in front of me, a pick-up and a saloon car. It was frightening but we thank God we only got minor cuts from the broken glasses,” Kimutai said.

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a saloon car crushed in the morning incident

In the 7:00 AM incident, a motorist saved the situation by hopping into the uncontrolled lorry and turn off the lorry’s ignition to stop it.

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The tanker, whose fuel was leaking could have been more dangerous had the ignition remained on.

The driver who was found unconscious was rushed to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) for treatment.

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Mohammed Salah a turn boy indicated the driver had not rested well after his trip to South Sudan and was now en route to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

“Some drivers are just hard to deal with, as much as people strive to make ends meet it’s important to check on their health regularly,” he noted.

One of the saloon car crushed by the tanker at the fly over area on Uganda Road.

Salah indicated many drivers had perished as a result of similar circumstances in other countries while some had been burnt beyond recognition noting that the main reasons for the accidents were not getting enough rest and excessive drugs and substance abuse.

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“I personally use all manner of drugs to keep myself alert on my duties but in the end, we are a serious danger to ourselves and other road users. I hope the government at some point will consider this to save us, it’s just too much to contain from our side,” he lamented.

Police arrived at the scene and towed some of the damaged vehicles to ease the traffic that was building up on the busy Uganda road.

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