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Police disperse people who wanted to steal fuel at an accident scene

KNA     Police officers in Kisumu had a rough time containing a huge crowd that milled around a fuel tanker that was involved in an accident at Kasagam along the busy Nairobi road.


The fuel truck which was heading to Ahero from Kondele lost control while negotiating a corner at the Kasagam flyover and plunged into a stream.


The 7:30 pm accident attracted curious residents who upon noticing fuel that had spilled across the road ran to the scene with containers to siphon fuel. Police officers swung into action and repulsed the surging crowd as they cordoned off the scene.


The truck had one occupant, the driver who sustained minor injuries and was rushed to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH).


Firefighters arrived at the scene after 30 minutes and helped in cleaning the section of the road before the truck was towed away.


The exercise was coordinated by Kisumu County Commissioner Josephine Ouko and Kisumu County Police Commander Samuel Anampiu.


Mr Joseph Otieno, a resident of Nyamasaria who witnessed the accident said the driver lost control of the vehicle while negotiating the sharp corner up the flyover.


This, he said, was not the first case at the flyover asking the relevant authorities to put markings on the road to caution new drivers on the sharp bend.


The incident comes barely two days after another fuel tanker accident left 15 people at Malanga village in Gem Sub- County, Siaya dead.


The 15 were among scores of villagers who rushed to the accident scene with containers to siphon fuel before the tanker exploded.


At least 27 others are recuperating at different hospitals in the area after the Saturday night accident.



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