Fuel Tanker in Kenya Explodes, Kills at Least 13

A petrol tanker exploded on a highway between Kisumu and Busia in western Kenya late on Saturday, killing at least 13 people and injuring 24 others.

The truck exploded after it collided with another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. Twelve  individuals died on the scene and another died in the hospital due to injuries.

Charles Chacha, a local police chief in Siaya County, said 24 people, including children, suffered serious burns and were brought to the hospital.

Investigators are still searching the scene and warned that the death toll could rise because some people are still unaccounted for.

“We will require a proper examination to determine if there were people burnt completely at the scene, where bones were found,” Chacha said.

Fire crews arrived on the scene two hours later to put out the fire.

The cause of the explosion is not yet known.

Deadly fuel truck accidents are not uncommon in Kenya where vehicles often speed along single carriage highways, some unlit at night.

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