A fuel truck crashed and caught fire in western Kenya over the weekend, killing at least 13 people.
Late Saturday, a truck collided with another vehicle on a route between Kisumu and Busia. The accident site was characterized as a “massive fireball” by witnesses.
Before the overturned truck exploded, people raced to the site with jerrycans to steal petrol from it.
24 individuals were hospitalized with significant burns, according to a local police chief, and children were among the injured.
Investigators are still on the site, and the death toll is expected to climb.
“A full inspection will be required to establish if there were individuals entirely burned at the location, where bones were discovered,” Chief Charles Chacha stated.
Firefighters arrived at the scene, near the town of Malanga, some 320 kilometers (200 miles) north-west of Nairobi, in two hours.
The petrol tanker had collided with a vehicle carrying milk traveling in the opposite way.
Several bikes were found smoldering near the collision site, according to witnesses.
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Wycliffe Otieno, one of the injured, told the AFP news agency that he and others had arrived with jerrycans when the spilt fuel exploded around them.
“I was able to flee to safety,” says the narrator. Mr Otieno stated from his hospital bed, “I really don’t know how lucky I was since the others we were with did not survive.”
As survivors gathered close, footage uploaded on social media showed the flaming debris lighting up the neighboring sky.
According to the BBC’s Mercy Juma in Nairobi, road accidents are common in the East African country, where lorries and other cars frequently speed down single-lane highways, some of which are unlit at night.
Every year, over 3,000 Kenyans are killed in traffic accidents.