Death toll from Malanga tanker tragedy rises to 15 after two more victims die


Death toll from Malanga tanker tragedy rises to 15 after two more victims die
A petrol tanker that overturned and exploded in Malanga on the Kisumu-Busia highway on July 17, 2021. PHOTO / CITIZEN DIGITAL

The death toll from the Malanga tanker tragedy has risen to 15 after two more victims succumbed at the Siaya County Referral Hospital.

The hospital’s medical superintendent Dr. Liech Odoyo said there are no more missing victims as they have all been accounted for.

He added that DNA examinations would be conducted on Tuesday to ascertain the identity of the victims.

The victims died while siphoning fuel after a petrol tanker overturned and exploded in Malanga area on the Kisumu-Busia highway.

Several other people were injured after fire broke out from the tanker that got involved in an accident near Argwings Kodhek Secondary School on Saturday night.

According to area residents, the tanker that was heading to Busia from Kisumu hit an oncoming lorry before it lost control and veered off the road then rolled.

A few members of the public then rushed to the scene and started siphoning fuel before the tanker exploded a few minutes later claiming several lives.

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