We never learn! Kenyans siphon fuel from overturned tanker [VIDEO]

Members of the public siphoning fuel from overturned tanker at Mai Mahiu. [PHOTO | COURTESY]

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A fuel tanker on Thursday overturned at Mai Mahiu area at around 5 pm, leaving residents scrambling to scoop the fuel that had spilled.

In a short video that has since circulated online, shows a police officer trying to direct traffic as a group of mostly young men  and women on either side of the road  with  jerrycans to get their loot.

The incident caused a massive traffic jam along the busy road, area residents not easing the situation as many struggled to siphon what they could further blocking the road.

It was disturbing to watch as they carried on with their activity not caring about the dangers that surrounded them.

Not more than a decade ago, Kenya had a massive loss after Scores of people died–death toll alleged to have passed 113– in Rift Valley after an overturned petrol tanker caught fire and exploded.

Members of the public siphoning fuel from overturned tanker at Mai Mahiu. [PHOTO | COURTESY]
Many victims were incinerated in what witnesses called a fireball after a large crowd had approached the spill to collect free fuel.

Scorched cars and charred clothing littered the road where the blaze had scattered the crowd.

In August, a fuel tanker exploded in eastern Tanzania killing at least 60 people, authorities said, as flames ripped through a crowd that had gathered to siphon petrol from it.

It is not yet confirmed if there was any injured persons during the accident that occurred today.


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