A middle aged woman has been burnt to ashes in a road accident some meters past Salama town along Mombasa-Nairobi highway near Kiu junction.
Driver of the lorry and his conductor also perished in the accident though their bodies were not consumed by the fire following the accident that occurred Friday evening.
According to an eyewitness Mr. Abu Mohammed, a semi-trailer that was coming from Nairobi had a tyre burst, lost control before colliding head on with a lorry and catching fire.
“The semi-trailer had a burst and the driver couldn’t manage the vehicle hence colliding with an oncoming truck going up the hilly road. What followed was that the two vehicles went in flames with a lady suspected to be a passenger burnt completely,” said Mr. Mohammed
Mukaa OCPD Mr. Charles Muthui confirmed the incident, adding that the crash happened after a rear-tyre burst that made the Mombasa bound trailer lose control, hitting a Nairobi bound truck.
“Following the tyre burst, the driver couldn’t manage the vehicle and collided with another truck causing a huge fire. A lady who was in the trailer that headed in the Mombasa direction has been reduced into ashes but the occupants of the other lorry were not burnt though they all died on the spot,” said Mr. Muthui.
The driver of the semi-trailer jumped off the vehicle, narrowly escaping death.
Identities of the victims is yet to be established but the two bodies were taken to a Machakos mortuary.