A mourner was burnt to death while 11 suffered severe burns when the bus they were travelling in veered off the road, rolled several times before going up in flames on the Kisumu-Muhoroni in Kenya road on Friday
The mourners were ferrying the body of their relative from Nakuru to Sidindi, Ugenya constituency in Siaya County for burial, said Nyanza Regional Rraffic Commander Andrew Naibei.
“The vehicle rolled times with the casket but it was left intact despite the fire and rolling. One of them was burnt beyond recognition. Eleven of mourners sustained serious burns in the explosion,” said Mr Naibei.
Mr Fredrick Ojwang, an eyewitness who was driving behind the bus, blamed the accident on a tyre burst that forced the vehicle to veer off the road, rolling several times and bursting into flames.
“We broke the door of the bus and started pulling out passengers. They were badly burnt and by the time we evacuated the last person, one had already died,” said Mr Ojwang.
The coffin fell on the side of the road before the vehicle burst into flames.
Witnesses said the bus driver was trying to avoid a head-collision with an oncoming vehicle.