Petrol explosion death toll hits 11

20 Jun, 2011 - 23:06 0 Views
Petrol explosion death toll hits 11

The Herald

toll to 11.
The four – who were admitted at Harare Central Hospital – were burnt when a fuel tanker they were siphoning fuel from burst into flames.
The explosion claimed mostly Sunningdale residents and other passers-by who were scrambling for free pe- trol.

Harare Provincial police spokesperson Inspector James Sabau yesterday said three people died over the weekend while the other one died yesterday morning.
Said Insp Sabau: “The deaths are a result of severe burns from the explosion and most of the people who died are from Sunningdale 2,” he said.


Insp Sabau identified the deceased as Collen Makute (29), Takesure Masaga (24), Stanford Motsi (38), Loveness Kuna-ka (32), Collen Mateveri (29), Zvenyika Chibwe (29) and Tinos Chibhamu (17) all from Sunningdale 2.

The other one, who died in the early hours of yesterday, was identified as Tera Magojo (37) of Waterfalls.
This means 11 people are still admitted at the hospital.

Three people died on the spot while an unknown number was reportedly burnt to ashes on June 11.
Sixteen others were seriously burnt and rushed to Harare Central Hospital for treatment.

A commuter omnibus and a private car were also reduced to ashes in the explosion.
The occupants, however, escaped unhurt.

On Sunday, churches from Sunningdale converged at the scene of the accident in memory of the victims.
ZBC Sport FM presenter Valentine Mabhugu and his friend escaped with injuries after their car was extensively damaged when they passed through the scene.

According to police, the tanker burst into flames after an accident involving a private car along Boshoff Road.
The haulage truck was heading towards Mbare along Boshoff Road and on approaching an intersection, there was a private car that intended to turn right.

In a bid to avoid the car, the haulage truck overturned.
Fuel started gushing out of the tanker and people who had rushed to the scene realised the leakage and sought to maxi-mise on this.

The truck driver warned the residents to stay away, but they did not take heed.
Harare Central Hospital principal nursing officer Matron Lucia Godzongere recently said those admitted were burnt extensively and needed great care.

She said most victims’ burns were above 75 percent.

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