Kenya police rush to contain oil spillBy FRANCIS MUREITHI in Nakuru, Kenya | Thursday, June 7 2012 at 19:42
Millions of litres of highly inflammable super petrol was spilled after a government grader that was carrying out road repairs punctured a Kenya Pipeline channel in Nakuru County, about 152km west of Nairobi.
According to area deputy police boss Japeth Mwirichia, the tractor cut the pipe at around 3pm (+3GMT) in Ngata area on the Nakuru-Eldoret highway.
However, he said police swung into action immediately the matter was reported and cordoned off the area to prevent people from scooping oil.
But the law enforcers had a hectic time to keep off the surging crowd that was determined to scoop the petrol.
“We have contained the situation and nobody managed to scoop even a litre of the petrol,” said Mr Mwirichia.
Police blocked a section of the highway as the petrol continued to spill along the highway as well as in residential homes.
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