Two die after truck catches fire along Eldoret-Webuye road

Tuesday January 29 2019

Eldoret-Webuye road accident

The driver of this truck and an unidentified passenger were burnt to death on January 28, 2019 after it rolled and burst into flames near Kaburengu market in Bungoma County along the Eldoret-Webuye road. PHOTO | COURTESY 

BENSON AMADALA
By BENSON AMADALA
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A truck driver and an unidentified passenger have been burnt to death after their vehicle burst into flames near Kaburengu market in Bungoma County along the Eldoret-Webuye road.

The truck, which was headed towards Bungoma from Eldoret, veered off the road before plunging into ditch on Monday night.

Witnesses said the driver flashed the headlights several times on approaching vehicles before he lost control as he attempted to negotiate a sharp turn on the road.

The driver and the passenger were trapped in the wreckage which was engulfed in flames after the crash.

FIRE PUT OUT

Fire fighters from West Kenya Sugar Company and Bungoma County helped put out the fire.

Bungoma East OCPD Zacchaeus Ng’eno said the incident could have been caused by failed brakes.

It could not be established what the truck was carrying as its cargo was burnt to ashes.

“We are still trying to get in touch with the owners of the vehicle to establish the identity of the driver and the other person who was accompanying him,” said Mr Ng’eno.

On Saturday, a tanker burst into flames at Mukhonje market along the Eldoret-Webuye road killing one person.

Several other people were injured after the vehicle which was headed to Malaba from Eldoret veered off the road after hitting a bump.