Driver burns to death

MUTARE Poor service delivery at Mutare city council's fire department and delays by the police force to respond to emergencies resulted in a South African haulage truck driver burning to death at Christmas Pass Curves this week.

The driver, identified as Blessing Heroke, 26, was driving a truck belonging to South African company, Papi-lele Trading and Projects which was carrying 30 tonnes of flour. Considering the scene of the accident was only 6km away, Heroke’s life could have been saved had the Mutare City Council Fire Brigade team and police reacted promptly to distress call.

When the news crew arrived at scene, desperate fire brigade officers were using soil to put out the fire which was engulfing the truck and the load. The chief fire officer said they had run out of water and the fire tender had gone to refill. By the time the fire brigade returned, the driver and the truck were completely burnt to ashes.

Manicaland Police spokesperson, Inspector Brian Makomeke confirmed the incident saying speeding was the cause of the accident.However, motorists blamed the City’s rescue team for failing to react to the accident in time. “Quality of service delivery in the country leaves a lot to be desired because life could have been saved. Imagine the fire brigade has failed to extinguish the fire and this has led to loss of property and life. Some one has to be accountable, said Misheck Chigumira, a witness to the accident. A chief fire officer blamed the depleted fleet which he said was outdated.

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