Kenyans Scramble for Petrol After Tanker Overturns [VIDEO]

  • An overturned truck along a highway in Kenya.
    An overturned truck along a highway in Kenya.
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  • Residents scrambled for oil after a truck ferrying petrol overturned and fell in a ditch on Saturday morning, January 9, along the Nyamataro-Daraja Mbili in Kisii. 

    It is suspected that the driver lost control of the vehicle, swerved and fell into a ditch.

    In a video seen by Kenyans.co.ke, residents could be seen at the scene of the incident with jerricans and polythene bags, fetching the petrol from the tanker oblivious of the dangers.

    At the time of publishing, police officers had not arrived at the scene.

    Elsewhere, a truck ferrying loaves of bread has overturned at Mubau heading to Kanyoni Mang'u-Naivasha Road.

    A section of Kenyans were also reported to head to the scene where they made away with loaves of bread that were still intact.

    The accidents took place just days after officers warned that there were robbers that have been colluding with truck drivers to execute planned robberies on the trucks.

    The police warned that cases were prevalent along Nakuru-Nairobi Highway as well as the Naivasha-Mai Mahiu road.

    "We have seen a trend where drivers are selling goods on transit, and later stage-managing a robbery along the major roads," Naivasha OCPD Samwel Waweru.

    The police indicated that increased cases of robbery have been reported after a long wait at border points caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) statistic's as of December 13, 2020 revealed that fatalities have increased compared to the same time in 2019 where 107 people died in road accidents over the same period in 2019.

    This increase in fatalities is despite the reduced travel and more people working from home due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Statistics documented by the police and the NTSA indicates that road accidents between January and December 2020 stood at 3,663 compared to 3,508, during the same time in 2019.

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    Residents looting beer from an overturned lorry along the Embu-Mwea road on Tuesday, December 1.
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