Kenya Red Cross: 111 dead in gasoline tanker explosion

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February 1, 2009 12:11

 
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An overturned gasoline tanker exploded as hundreds of people were trying to scoop up free fuel, killing at least 111 people and wounding 200 in one of Kenya's deadliest accidents, officials said Sunday. Overwhelmed hospitals nearby were packed with victims, including small children, suffering from horrific burns. Many were lying on the floors, hooked up to drips and moaning in pain as doctors tried to save their lives. Supplies, including body bags and extra medicine, were being sent by helicopter to the region. Burnt-out cars and charred clothing littered the road where the shell of the tanker stood in Molo, about 105 miles (170 kilometers) outside the capital, Nairobi. Authorities were combing through the scorched forest by the road for corpses.

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