In Summary
  • The vehicle had left Mombasa on Sunday and was heading to Kampala in Uganda.
  • Some residents had been seen walking towards the scene with jerricans and funnels ready to collect the leaking fuel.
  • Shops and all the businesses operating around the area were closed.

A section of the Nakuru-Nairobi highway near Kenya Pipeline Company in Nakuru was closed Monday morning after tanker ferrying petroleum products was discovered to be leaking.

The vehicle had left Mombasa on Sunday and was heading to Kampala in Uganda.

According to Nakuru County Police Commander Stephen Matu, the lorry was carrying 45,000 litres of super petrol.

SECURED

“It was about 10am when the truck’s driver realised that the vehicle had problem and he was advised to put it aside. The traffic police around this area acted fast enough and secured the place,” the police boss.

He added that the protected area covered up to three kilometres.

“The restricted place here is one and-half-kilometres toward Nakuru town and the same distance as you head to Nairobi,” he said.

Mr Matu has warned residents of Pipeline, Barnabas and Mwariki to keep away from the scene so as to give authorities time to clear the road.

A man waits to siphon petrol

A man on a bicycle waits at a distance in the hope siphoning petrol that spilled from the leaking truck along the Nakuru-Eldoret highway on August 12, 2019. Police officers, however, cordoned off the area. PHOTO | JOHN NJOROGE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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