Seven people burnt to death after an oil tanker spun out of control and hit a matatu and a car on the Nairobi-Meru highway near the Iraru Bridge Tuesday (September 10th), Kenya's The Standard reported.
The tanker first hit another oil tanker coming from the opposite direction. It then accelerated towards the bridge, lost control and hit the two other vehicles. The matatu passengers escaped through the window before the vehicle caught fire, but the five passengers in a Toyota, a driver and the lorry's turn boy were killed in the flames.
"The lorry was in flames and it hit our vehicle and hurled fire balls to our vehicle," said Ambrose Kimani, the matatu driver. "We all rushed out through the windows only to see the lorry hit another small vehicle and both burst into flames."
Meru Governor Peter Munya visited the accident scene to express his condolences, and called on the traffic police in the country to address the high incidence of road accidents.
"We cannot continue to lose our lives on the roads. Police should form a new unit because the current system of traffic officers seems to have failed in curbing accidents," he said.