A family in western Kenya is mourning the deaths of three of their partners as they were fetching fuel from an overturned truck.
A Nation report on Monday, December 27, indicated that the incident took place on Sunday night, December 26, along the Eldoret – Malaba road.
The three died after inhaling toxic gasoline fumes from a spilled oil tanker.
Confirming the incident, Lugari Sub-County Police Commander Benard Ngungu noted that the three were part of a crowd that rushed to the scene of the accident in search of high value goods.
“Last night we had to use tear gas to disperse the crowd around the fuel tank.
“It is unfortunate that lives have been lost as a result of such an incident. Kenyans must learn and avoid such incidents on a regular basis,” said the police commander.
The incident happened around 7:30 p.m. The bodies of the deceased were transferred to the mortuary of the Refugee Hospital.
It comes as accidents increase during the holidays, including various accidents on Saturday, December 25, which resulted in the deaths of 11 people.
In one of the crashes, which occurred on the Mombasa-Nairobi highway, seven people were killed, including a four-person nuclear family.
In mid-December, police launched a nationwide operation due to an increase in road accidents.
Law enforcement officials noted that the number of road killings increased in December, with the worst affected unit being boda boda drivers.
To control the situation, the NPS is committed to working with all travelers and drivers to ensure that road accident cases are reduced.
“Remember that our officers will always be there to provide any assistance to ensure respect for the rule of law. We therefore request the highest level of co-operation from the public to reduce the number of road accidents,” police said at the time.