21 killed as ethanol tanker explodes

CHISUMBANJE - A Green Fuel ethanol tanker exploded into flames when it was side-swiped by a Mazda T35 truck carrying a coffin and 30 mourners in a horror crash that left more than 20 people dead in Chisumbanje yesterday.

The truck carrying mourners encroached into the haulage truck’s lane resulting in the crash.

The bulk of the people were burnt to death, according to witnesses.
At least 19 people died on the spot, with two more dying en route to St Peters’ Mission Hospital. The other four were quickly rushed to Chipinge Hospital with serious burns.

The incident took place between Manzvire and Rimbi areas on the Tanganda-Chiredzi highway at around 7am in the morning.
A coffin with the deceased was also burnt in the E10 fuel explosion.

The funeral hearse was coming from Chegutu to Mariya Village.

Lillian Muungani, Green Fuel’s spokesperson said: “Green Fuel joins the Chisumbanje community, the nation at large and most importantly, the families of the deceased in mourning the lives tragically lost in a road accident which occurred today in Chipinge South, along the Tanganda-Chiredzi highway near Checheche.

“As we come to terms with the devastating aftermath of this tragedy, we convey our sincere heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased.”

Police spokesperson senior assistant commissioner Charity Charamba put the death toll at 21.

“19 people died on the spot while two died on their way to hospital,” Charamba said.

Comments (12)

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CHALLENGE ZISHWETE - 30 October 2013

Sad news indeed. May the families whose relatives perished in the tragic accident be comforted in that the nation is also grieved. Job lost nearly everyrhing but he was able to still praise the Lord.

mambo - 30 October 2013

Very sad indeed!

Cde Sikelema - 30 October 2013

So sorry to the families of those involved. But the rate at which these horrific road accidents are happening is a cause for concern. Government intervention is required NOW!

Moyo - 30 October 2013

Our condolences to their families.May their souls R.I.P

Chief - 30 October 2013

Eish very terrible and sad indeed. May the souls of the departed rest in peace and may the families who lost their dear ones find comfort in the Lord.

Exiled - 30 October 2013

Rest in internal peace. The driver drove all the way from Chegutu throughout the night. I think fatigue was setting in. The driver should have shared the driving.

Mudhiniwe - 30 October 2013

He thinks that with digitalization coming soon and radio licences soon to be given he stands a better chance of landing one as a ZANU Pf cadre.sad and sorry way our country is being run.Everything has to be Zpf to be Zimbabwean! Shame,shame shame.

etafira23@gmail.com Madyirapanze - 30 October 2013

This is very sad indeed.May the berieved families take solace from the bible which says it is God who giveth and taketh.

Aluta continua - 31 October 2013

A sad story indeed. Our deepest condolences to the family that suffered so much tragedy when they were in the process of dealing with another. May god bless you during this difficult time.

fokolo - 31 October 2013

Manslaught!! If colliding of two vehicles can kill so many how many will die if the plant catches fire? Macdom should give a public statement regarding safety measures at the plant, ethanol in transit and the surrounding. I know there are houses near the plant. NSSA and the GVT should crack the whip

dreams - 31 October 2013

Bulk ethanol must be carried by Rain Transport not Road. Its safer that way.

james - 31 October 2013

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