Death Toll In Tanker Tragedy Hit 20

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One more person has succumbed to injuries raising the total number of deaths in the fuel tanker tragedy that took place in Western Kenya to 20.

The Saturday night incident along Kisumu-Busia road killed 13 people on the spot while others died in hospitals.

The tanker collided with another vehicle along the busy highway before it overturned. The deceased are among those who rushed to the scene to siphon off fuel.

So far, the number of patients receiving treatment at Siaya County hospital is 19.

According to Siaya Governor Cornel Rasanga, seven were females, and six males out of the 13 people burnt beyond recognition. "As of yesterday, DNA analysis had been done for the 13 who died on the spot... Samples were collected from 15 individuals who reported missing relatives after the fire incident. Process of sampling began Wednesday," said Governor Rasanga.

Rasanga earlier promised to waive hospital bills for the victims and lend hands to families that lost their members. He also stated that a mausoleum will be built at the scene with the names of those who have died in their memory.

He further noted that the Siaya County government will partner with Kenya National Highways Authority to educate the public about the dangers of fuel siphoning along the highway.

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