8 families are mourning their loved ones in Homa Bay county today. This is after a Public service Vehicle commonly known as Matatu collided with a fuel tanker on the Homa bay- Kendu Bay Road. According to witnesses on site, the Matatu was over-speeding before it rammed into the oncoming tanker.
Around 8 people died on the spot with other sustaining major injuries. All injured passengers were taken to the Homa bay County and Referral hospital. According to the county Police commander, the cause of the accident is still unknown. The commander, Samson ole Kiine, said that the cause will be established once the investigations are complete.
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The police said that they were having a difficult time controlling the crowd that had gathered around the scene. Residents of the area who had the crash, came out and were witnesses as they bodies were being ferried away.
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According to Mr Samson Kiine, the police are still trying to keep people away from the fuel tanker. In the past Kenyans have been known for siphoning fuel from tankers which have overturned or are involved in accidents. Fuel is usually a very highly flammable liquid. It is for this reasons that the EPRA demands that it be transported under very secure and specialised conditions.