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Trailer transporting gas cylinders explodes in Limuru, several cars burnt (VIDEO)

Trailer Carrying Gas Cylinders Explodes On Busy Highway (VIDEO).
Trailer Carrying Gas Cylinders Explodes On Busy Highway (VIDEO).

A trailer carrying Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) exploded near the Mutarakwa district along the busy Mai Mahiu highway.

Videos and footage seen by Vibehit.cc showed the massive fire engulfing the truck, with clouds of smoke stretching all the way to the Rift Valley Escarpment.

Police teams have not yet determined the cause of the explosion or whether there was any loss of life.

Witness reports reveal that the trailer was involved in an accident around 6 a.m., but efforts to remove it from the Mutarakwa area on Sunday afternoon, February 13, were futile as it turned into a giant fireball.

According to videos shared online, viewers watched the fire engulf the trailer along with everything around it.

Four private cars were among those devoured by the inferno, and the police acted to pull traffic to safety as work began towing the trailer.

Firefighters also attended the scene.

Accidents involving tankers carrying fuel products for weeks have been making headlines across the country. Just last month, on Wednesday night, January 19, a gasoline truck caught fire in the middle of Thika Road in Nairobi, causing a major traffic jam.

Witnesses familiar with the matter told Viral Tea that drivers were stranded along the highway and there was not a single movement on the busy highway.

They added that the incident occurred in the Githurai 45 area and the incident led to the temporary closure of both the inbound and outbound highway.

This author noted the siren of a fire truck that was passing by the Garden City Mall in Nairobi at the time, and was informed, upon investigation, that the engine was heading to the scene.

Both accidents are reminiscent of the Malanga fuel tanker explosion on Sunday, July 18, on Kisumu-Busia Road, which killed 15 people and seriously injured others.

The tragedy sparked a lot of backlash from Kenyans, including ODM leader Raila Odinga, denouncing locals who decided to buy fuel from the tankers at the cost of their lives.

"As we mourn and reflect, I hope this may be the last time our people died fighting for fuel from an overturned tanker," Raila said on Twitter moments after the tragedy.

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