A tanker truck, belonging to Caltex, has been burnt to ashes after it caught fire between Nyimba and Kacholola districts this morning.
Eastern Police Commanding Officer Emlyn Mushondwa confirmed to Zambia News and Information Services this morning that the incident occurred after the truck developed a tire binding. “14,000 litres petrol and 21,000 litres of diesel have been lost in the inferno, which occurred between Kacholola and Nyimba,” he said.
The police chief, however, stated that the driver of the tanker escaped unhurt.
In an unrelated incident, a 37-year-old man yesterday died on the spot after being hit by a Canter Truck in Chipata district.
Mr. Mushondwa disclosed that the incident occurred around 19 hours on Gender road.
The police chief named the deceased as Mussoilini Tembo.
He further identified the driver of the vehicle as James Zimba.
Mr. Mushondwa said the body of the deceased was lying at Chipata general Hospital mortuary while the driver of the vehicle has been arrested and charged with the offencce of Causing Death by Dangerous Driving.