A fuel tanker has exploded on a road in Kenya, killing at least 39 people. The tanker, heading to Uganda, appeared to lose control as it headed downhill before crashing into other vehicles in Naivasha, north-west of the capital Nairobi, said Mwachi Pius Masai, of the National Disaster Management Unit. Among the dead are 11 General Service Unit officers, a paramilitary police force which provides VIP protection, including to the president. Another 10 people were injured. “This is a serious chemical incident. Police and other rescuers are still on the scene… clearing debris,” Mr Masai told the Associated Press news agency on Sunday. Eyewitness Moses Nandalwe told the BBC a huge fireball had quickly engulfed other vehicles on the busy road. He feared that many people who had gathered at the scene of the crash were also caught in the inferno. Another eyewitness, Peter Kimani, told the Associated Press the lorry was going at “high speed and lost control after hitting speed bumps”. Among the 11 burnt vehicles was a matatu minibus with 14 passengers. All of them died. Correspondents say the accident has happened at a time when doctors are on strike, severely limiting services in government hospitals.

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