, NYANDARUA, Kenya Dec 19 – There was a somber mood during the funeral service of one of the victims involved in the Naivasha accident in which more than 40 people were burnt to death.
Grief and emotions ran high at the burial of 27-year-old Simon Maina Gitonga who was interred at his father’s farm in Ol-Kalou of Nyandarua County.
Maina died at Kenyatta national Hospital on Monday last week while undergoing treatment after inhaling excess toxic fumes from the accident that occurred when a light truck carrying flammable materials went up in flames after crashing into 13 vehicles on the highway. Police said the driver lost control of the vehicle after hitting a speed bump.
39 people were killed on the spot while four others—including Maina succumbed to injuries in hospital.
DNA tests have been going on at the Chiromo Mortuary to help identify the remains of the deceased people who were burn beyond recognition in one of the worst accidents on Kenyan roads in recent months.
Up to 3000 die from road accidents annually in the country, according to statistics available at the national Traffic Police headquarters.