Mombasa faces transport crisis
Mombasa Island was on Sunday cut off from the Mainland for several hours after a train carrying 250,000 litres of super petrol derail in Changamwe.
The road to the Moi International Airport and that of Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) at Miritini was shut down as fear of major fire outbreak gripped the entire town.
Hundreds of passengers missed their flights and those travelling by SGR also missed the morning train.
It is believed that 3,000 liters of super petrol was lost from a wagon of 15,000 litter capacity.
According to the police the accident occurred around 11.35pm on Saturday minutes after the train left the Mombasa yard.
Police thwarted attempts by a section of residents who were jostling for the fuel.
“Having learned from previous incidents involving high inflammable cargo, the police sealed off the area from public accesses,” Coast regional police commander Noah Mwivanda said in a statement on Sunday.
The fuel that was on 16 wagon train belongs to Vivo Energy Kenya.
Addressing a press conference, Maritime Principal Secretary Nancy Karigithu said five wagons capsized and two derailed.
“There was serious leakage from the two wagons” said Karigithu.
By Mohamed Hassan