13 people are feared dead in Malanga after an oil tanker exploded killing them along the Kisumu-Busia highway on Sunday morning.
The incident is reported to have occurred minutes after the tanker had overturned and residents rushed to the scene to fetch the precious commodity when an explosion occurred.
At least 11 other people are reported to have sustained serious injuries from the inferno that caused serious burn wounds as seen from the images making rounds on social media.
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A shell of the tanker was lying across the road with bodies of the victims scattered around the scene as locals looked in dismay as to what happened between the time of the accident and the inferno.
Taking on social media, influential people from Western Kenya called on the residents to learn from previous incidents and avoid such cases.
“Kenyans never learn. We have refused to learn that a fuel tanker is not our friend. Now, 13 people are burned to death as they siphoned fuel from an overturned tanker which exploded at Malanga in Gem, Siaya County last night. 11 injured. God have mercy on your people.” Said Philip Etale.