Fuel tank explodes, kills two in Kicukiro

By IGIHE
On 19 July 2019 at 09:52

A fuel tank has exploded, killing a driver and the welder who was mending it in Kicukiro.

The incident took place yesterday around 2 pm at a garage belonging to Magambo in Kigugu village, Kirunga cell of Gikondo sector in Kicukiro district.

Police spokesperson in Kigali city, CIP Goretti Umutesi has told IGIHE that the tank burst as the welder mended it leaving severe injuries to the truck driver Jean Claude Gakwandi, 47, and Emmanuel Nahayo who were taken to the University Teaching Hospital of Kigali (CHUK) where Gakwandi died upon arrival.

She explained that the welder identified as Kamudra Mitanyurwa, 59, who had both Rwandan and Congolese nationality died on spot after burning inside the tank and his body was taken to Kacyiru Hospital.

Kamudra was welding the tank from inside while the driver was standing on top of the tank showing damaged parts to the welder.

The third injured person was a garage worker who helped mend the tank.

Eyewitnesses said the welder made a mistake of mending the tank without cleaning it with water.

Police spokesperson in Kigali city, CIP Goretti Umutesi said that the tank burst as the welder mended it leaving severe injuries to the truck driver

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