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24 Perish In A Fireball As Truck Hits Chisumbanje Ethanol Tanker


Published: October 30, 2013


24 people have been killed in a road accident in Manzvire Village along the Tanganda-Chisumbanje road towards Middle Sabi.

Truck in flames and tatters

Truck in flames and tatters

Most of the deceased were burnt beyond recognition.

Witnesses said a T35 truck which was carrying mourners to Mariya Village in Chisumbanje side-swiped an ethanol tanker resulting in it exploding and burning most of the victims.

The mourners, who are members of the Mlambo family, were coming from Harare and going to Mariya Village with the body of Clifford Mlambo.

Some witnesses said the tanker exploded before they could rescue most of the injured victims, resulting in only six being saved from the inferno.

21 people died on the scene and the six rescued victims were taken to St Peters Hospital, where the other three died on admission.

When the ZBC News crew arrived at the scene of the accident, charred bodies were still scattered on the road while other bodies were trapped under the wreckage of the haulage truck.

Police spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said investigations are under way to determine the cause of the accident.

Chipinge South legislator, Cde Enock Porusingazi said the horror crash was the first of its kind in the area.

“This has never happened here, and the most painful thing is that these people were going to a funeral with the body of their relative, and that they perished here, with the deceased’s body being burnt,” said Cde Porusingazi.

Zanu PF Manicaland Provincial Chairperson, Ambassador John Shumba Mvundura said “I have never seen such a horrific accident which claims all these people, most of whom are related, at the same time and at the same place. This is really shocking,…….I am really sorry for those who perished here and those injured.

Accidents are on the increase in the Chiredzi-Mutare highway due to the increase in traffic as trucks transport ethanol, and road users say there is need to widen the road. – ZBC

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26 Comments on "24 Perish In A Fireball As Truck Hits Chisumbanje Ethanol Tanker"

  1. ngidaz on Wed, 30th Oct 2013 10:47 pm 

    Nyika nevaripasi vakatsamwa nekubiwa kwakaitwa mavhoti evanhu neZanupf.nhaka tinopera kusvika vabvuma

  2. Manjunjati on Wed, 30th Oct 2013 11:30 pm 

    Ngidaz unoda kubatsirwa namadoctor kana vafundisi MDC yakukuvadza musoro.Ndiyo tsaona yekutanga muno munyika here? Unofanira kunoundura huku vamwe vachikurukura nyaya.

  3. Checheche Matikwa on Thu, 31st Oct 2013 4:28 am 

    I wld like to send my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, and am shocked to have a fatal accident of this nature in my area. What i noticed is that the macdom drivers are not well trained to handle vehicles ferrying hazardous substances ,or in general, are not good drivers . I nearly smashed my car when i tried overtaking these lunatic sleepy-eyed drivers and of late to discover that he was not using side mirrors and straddled the road on my overtaking process. This was the day that i realised that those trucks were to be given precedence and much respect should one happens pass or meet them.

  4. mukanya on Thu, 31st Oct 2013 5:24 am 

    Truck drivers ferrying fuel should exercise extreme caution on the roads, the Tanganda Ngundu road should be widened to accomodate fuel trucks from ethanol plant.

  5. Sr agustino on Thu, 31st Oct 2013 5:51 am 

    I am sorry for this great lose.May all the relatives and friends be consoled.May the souls of all who perished in this accident rest in peace.Amen

  6. Formai on Thu, 31st Oct 2013 5:56 am 

    Its a very sad incident. My heartfelt condolences to the Mlambo family and all relatives. It’s so painful. God is for us all. He mentioned that munhu akazvarwa nemukadzi ana mazuva mashoma azere nekutambudzika. Inzira yedu tose although zvichirwadzisa like in this case. May your souls rest in peace. Our Lord Jesus is with you.

  7. Greyhora on Thu, 31st Oct 2013 7:40 am 

    This whole ethanol project is a disaster in the making! Not only will it kill cars, it is now killing people as well! Zanu PF brings death everywhere. Having said that, this is a tragedy of unimaginable proportions, may the souls of those departed in this carnage rest in eternal peace!

  8. Johanne Mhlanga on Thu, 31st Oct 2013 7:47 am 

    It is sad and shocking to learn of such loss of life under such circumstances. As a son ofChipinge l would to exppress my heartfelt condolences to the Mlambo family and the entire community of Mariya. It is painful. We pray that God gives you power as you come to terms with the sad loss of our relatives. I also appeal to the government of Zimbabwe to declare this horrific accident a national disaster so as to help the relatives in laying the deceased to rest. Iyi inguva yakaoma inoda kubatira pamwe chete hama dzangu. I say to all the deacesed rest in peace.

  9. Anti zanu six mabone on Thu, 31st Oct 2013 8:28 am 

    Its more painfull to me.most o the victims i know them.I am also from Manzvire village.may their soul rest in peace.

  10. Ndumiso on Thu, 31st Oct 2013 8:41 am 

    May their souls rest in peace, kubuhlungu kakhulu okwenzekileyo.

  11. Comrade Naked on Thu, 31st Oct 2013 8:50 am 


  12. nyembezi on Thu, 31st Oct 2013 9:28 am 


  13. Comrade Naked on Thu, 31st Oct 2013 9:43 am 

    Wena Zimdofo-eye I lost my parents during gukulahundi k. No one said am abused nxa!

  14. Mohummed on Thu, 31st Oct 2013 9:47 am 

    may their souls RIP. God bless Zimbabwe we are tired of accidents now

  15. CHANDO KUPISA on Thu, 31st Oct 2013 10:12 am 

    Nematambudziko kwamuri mose.

  16. save us on Thu, 31st Oct 2013 10:53 am 

    very sad indeed. Rest in peace.

  17. VaSithole on Thu, 31st Oct 2013 12:27 pm 

    This comrade naked thing must be a patient at a mental asylum facility.pese pese you always hallucinate about gukurahundi.The country is faced by a situation where closely related familz have lost +/-21members and that doesnt ring a bell in your conscience,if you’ve any.In your sick mind,every non ndebele zimbabwean conspired with zanupf in the gukurahundi massacre.For your own inf,majority of ppl living in chipinge have pure nguni blood unlike you half vhenda,quarter nguni&quarter khalanga.KUMHURI DZIRI KUCHEMA,MWARI NGAAVE NEMI PANGUVA YAKAOMA KUDAI

  18. Greyhora on Thu, 31st Oct 2013 1:27 pm 

    Comrade Nakedog is indeed a dog!!

  19. cliff on Thu, 31st Oct 2013 1:30 pm 

    this is something else,may their souls rest in peace…..

  20. Jmasasa on Thu, 31st Oct 2013 1:58 pm 

    Tragedy,tragedy comes hardly on the heels of a h/lands woman who fatally poisoned all her children, its unprecedented to say di least, surely drivers shld execise some form of extra caution esp given di state of our roads moreso the escalation of these haulage trucks dominating our roads, travelling on road iz now a death trap one wil consider him/herself luck to reach our intended desntn otherwise u wld hav perish. Havin said that i wld lyk to express my deepest sorrow to di bereaved families we ar collectively with u during dis untimely passing on of ur beloved ones

  21. Comrade Naked on Thu, 31st Oct 2013 2:11 pm 

    Just die Shona/Shangane donkeys you are all smelling like ****

  22. tinoe on Thu, 31st Oct 2013 5:40 pm 

    may the souls of all those that died rest in eternal peace.To those that are crying at this moment we are with you all…God be with you

  23. Steve on Thu, 31st Oct 2013 6:03 pm 

    Iam really saddened by this accident..+/- 21 pplse perished.! Very sorry indeed vemhuri yekwamlambo,tinochema nemi

  24. zimzam on Thu, 31st Oct 2013 6:29 pm 

    You are only mourning about -/+21 people only?What about -/+20 000people that Robert Mugabe killed during his “time of madness”?Alikaqalisi,lizaphela lonke zinja zo****i.

  25. terry bee on Fri, 1st Nov 2013 5:50 am 

    nematambudziko vehama chingochemai munetariro ,know dat jesu anouyazve

  26. gunsta on Fri, 1st Nov 2013 1:04 pm 

    chitunha chakafawo? zvinoshamisa nekusiririsa

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