Man dies on way to wife’s burial

Five people from the same family have died in a crash at Landi on the Voi-Mwatate road while transporting a body to a burial to Wundanyi, Taita Taveta County on Friday.

The crash, involved a matatu that was carrying the casket and mourners and a canter lorry.

Four people died on the spot while the fifth one died in hospital.

Eight people sustained injuries and are being treated at St Joseph Shelter of Hope Hospital in Voi.

Those who died included four men and a woman, who are close relative of the deceased woman whose body was being transported for burial.

Family members said the husband and father in-law of the deceased are among those who died.

“We were waiting for the body to arrive for burial today (Friday) and this incident has shocked us,” said a relative Rachel Mbatia.

The six bodies, including the one in the coffin, were then moved to Moi County Referral Hospital mortuary in Voi.

Some of the family members however revealed that there was a wrangle between the deceased family and that of her husband on where to bury the body.

The deceased family had demanded to bury their kin saying her husband had not paid dowry.

They said the two parties had come to an agreement on where the woman will be laid to rest.

County commander Fred Ochieng urged drivers to be extra careful while driving along unmarked roads.

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