By Patrick Kibet and Karanja Njoroge
Motorists including transit trucks were forced to use the Njoro –Molo road while residents of Ngata and neighbouring areas had to alight from matatus and walk home from Njoro junction.
Rongai DC Joseph Motari said that he received reports at around 4pm that the pipeline had been damaged by a grader belonging to Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KeRRA which was constructing a feeder road in Ngata.
“We received information that the grader had damaged a pipeline transporting super petrol to Eldoret. We immediately rushed to the scene and managed to control members of the public from siphoning the fuel,” Motari said.
He urged members of public to keep off the fuel to avert unnecessary fire and added that enough security officers had been dispatched to the area.
Nakuru town experienced huge traffic snarl-ups after the section of the highway was closed and traffic diverted.
Kenya Pipeline Company Nakuru Depot manager Xavier Baraza said they were informed by a good Samaritan that oil was flowing along the road and immediately organized an emergency team to cordon off the area.
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