Developing story: Chipinge tanker explosion-Greenfuel issues statement

Twenty-three people are feared dead after a fuel tanker exploded in Chisumbanje near Chipinge on Wednesday morning.

The charred remains of the T35 truck.
The charred remains of the T35 truck.

11:45– Information received indicate the tanker collided with a truckload of people who were said to be going to a funeral.

12:10 The lorry, a Mazda T3500, was carrying about 30 people headed towards Rimai in Chipinge where they were going to bury a relative.

The mourners, who were coming from Chegutu, had travelled all night.

The coffin that was carrying the corpse was also burnt in the inferno.

The accident happened at Manzvire, 15 kilometres from Checheche Growth Point.

According to an eyewitness, Claris Madhuku of Platform for Youth Development, the T35 collided head on with a Greenfuel tanker, which was going to Harare, resulting in the tanker exploding.

According to Madhuku,23 people have died.
21 people were burnt to death on the accident spot and two more died on the way to the hospital.

Greenfuel has issued a condolence message to the deceased familes.

“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,”

NewsDay will keep you updated.

64 Comments

  1. Thobela…

    Ke ma swabi jwang!

    Morena!!

    1. We are living in the age of technology and the world over news details are unveiled as they arrive such that a story can be developing through out a day as new information comes in. Thank you news Day

    2. Ey wena voetsek!

  2. Kana msati maanenyaya munanyarara

    1. There is nothing wrong with publishing breaking news, with details following later. It simply shows the paper’s eyes and ears are everywhere.

      We cannot wait for a news reporter to take a trip to Chisumbanje, conduct interviews, take photographs, go back to the studio to write the news, have it edited and published 3 days later.

    2. dhanda-head-dofo remunhu

      1. i mean muchero

  3. Kana maziva zvaitika mozotaura

    1. they have said everything that happened – a head on collision, 21 people died – what more do you want – pictures of dead bodies????

  4. Dhodha Remuganga

    I lorry ranga rakaite carry ethanol raite collide nge T35. zvaite headon pandau yepa Manzvire tapfuura pa Checheche tichangobve pa Mabhiza takanange kwa Kondo. Andu atsva nge ethanol. zvirikutsyisa kuona.

    1. How do you see this as funny. You probably have be a rotten culture with no morals at all.

      1. thanx Tomalo. How can somebody with sanity joke with death of 23 people.nxaa. this shows immorality and being inhumane. hindava munhu achiita sekunge ndiye akavauraya so

    2. SAD…CHEAP…IMMORAL…YO MAKE FUN OF SUCH A TRAGEDY! Hauna hunhu wena…ndakuntarira…UKAWANA NGUVA UKWANE!!!

  5. Wat a sad news isu tichiri kuchema kubirwa kwatakaitwa vhoti yedu. Izvozvi pamwe driver anga achida kunzvenga pothole re Zanu.

  6. zvanditambudza maningi, moti bhuira mazina achona kana ma kirari
    faya

  7. Mashoko etichangobva kuashira anoti iwo pane mhuri yekwaMuyambo yaibva ku Chegutu yechienda kwaMariya kooviga chitunha chevanga vanacho.vasvika paManzvire pavaifanira kupambuka kuti vachinanga kwaMariya mota yavo karori keT35 karoverana negonyeti re Green Fuel vanhu vanosvika 23 vakatofa. 21 ndoovafira paitikira tsaona iyi vamweni 2 vafa munjira kuenda St Peters Hospital kwaChecheche. Zviri kuzwi zve gonyeti iri rabaka mwoto uwo wapisha vanhu kusanganisira chitunha chaiya mu coffin. MASHOKO ANOSUWISA MANINGI MUKANYI MWEDU.

  8. Zvakaoma Anhu woye!

  9. Very unfortunate, Lord save Zimbabwe

  10. Zanu (PF) is well known for spilling blood to make things happen. These souls have been sacrificed to make the Ethanol Project a huge success.

    1. kana usina nyaya nyarara wanzwa iwe HATISITOSE unoshoresa bato rako instead of sending condolence masage uri mushishi kufunga zve politics shame on you maningi.

    2. pengera kwawakaroyerwa

  11. Lord have mercy on families left behind

  12. R I P guys its sad pple already dying lyk dis way b4 xmas holidays …………..God help us as we travel on yo roads

  13. tinouromba yamho ngezvaitika izvi, maninji mukanyi mwedu mweya yevanhu ava ngazororo murugare. kuno hama dzvafi tinourombe kakuru yamho.

  14. Tendai Chaminuka

    Job well done Newsday.Telling us as it happens.Very sad indeed.

  15. may their souls rest in eternal peace

  16. Musatambe nerufu vanhu imi if you have nothing to comment just shut up

  17. Very painful indeed, rest in peace.

  18. iiii zvadaro ngeizve amunaa,heee mwari wee. Rest in peace and kune mhuri dzasara,am so sorry eish

  19. mapungubwe dundilabazwele

    May God accept their Soul in Paradise and also heal the pains of the relatives.

  20. Very sad situation. Minister of Transport please our roads need signs, markings and improve on poor conditions which contribute to such incidents. Also dangerous driving courses for all drivers must be policy please ndapota.

  21. Dhodha repaNGAONE

    Anhu woye chiini mukanyi mwedu? iiii ndaba arwadziwa amuna woye. Hino tooambire pari ??????????????????????????. ITS SO SAD APENO MWARI. ASI ANHU WOYE ZVAKATI KOO PEYANE ! DAI MWARI APINDIRA.

  22. Its TAbooo tufikwa abomination

  23. haadakadzi…zvinoshoreka maningi.

  24. VanaBilly mapindawo mugame yekuchekeresa vanhu nezvigreen fule zvenyu izvi?
    musadaro varume. Kugaya kuti pamwe vese ava they are related…shuwa mopedza dzinza rese revanhu here? may their souls rest in peace! ndashushikana mhani ini! Hatizvidi izvi!

  25. Sad news indeed. This evil spirit is now targeting families or related people nhai? RIP God’s people!

  26. Kazhinji zvakadai zvino konzerwa nenharo dzavapenyu vachiti mufi ngaanovingwa kumusha iye mufi asingadi kuendeswa kumusha kwacho. Lets respect what the late will have said regarding the place of burial please. He/she will be having all the reasons as to why he/she prefers not to be buried home.

    1. What do you mean?

  27. so sad.dzinza rese kuparara kudaro.21 pple nd most probably they r related

  28. Can we be so shallow to suggest that a political party sacrificed around 23 people to make an ethanol project simply because an unfortunate accident happened?This is ridiculous and appalling.Honestly?

  29. Oh Lord have mercy with our beloved Zimbabwe. To the family of the bereaved I say take heart God is in control . To the deceased I say REST IN PEACE

  30. Mashati aitikire mukanyi andikahlamara. Marure wee mupindire padai apa. Aadakadzi akhiti. Mweya yevatamika ihlale ngokuthula.

  31. ndabatikana varume.may their souls rest in peace.

  32. Our roads and traffic regulations need to be seriously looked, till when shall we continue to lose many lives on our highways? this is just to painful anyway may the souls of the departed rest in eternal peace

  33. An ethanol-water solution that contains 40% ABV (alcohol by volume) will catch fire if heated to about 26 °C (79 °F) and if an ignition source is applied to it.

  34. Am flabbergasted by some people posting comments ridiculing the people who were involved in an accident. Shameless pple. Zimbabweans are worst drivers. The authorities should investigate driving schools, i believe most of these schools are not bona fide.

    1. In total agreement with Mr. Mubvumbi. It is petrifying driving on our roads as drivers are ridiculously careless and think they own the road. Some of the comments on here are appalling and show what a petty person you are. If you have nothing constructive to say rather keep quiet. May the dearly departed rest in peace.

  35. ndarasikirwa neshamwari yangu mu accident iyi. may her soul rest in peace. ndarwadziwa

  36. We must nt be sad @ all hanti vave kudenga so no need to cry thats wen yu see dat all those things of goin kudenga are a lie coz hatidi kufa we want to stay here pano pasi ndizvo zvekuti hee kudenga hee wat wat farai ka ava vatosvika

    1. Get your brain examined young man!!!

  37. Am deeply saddened by this development. May the souls of the deceased rest in eternal peace and may their families gather all the strenghts in this difficult time.

  38. mbwadzavanhu dzinodriver magonyet dangerous goods vehicles dzisina ma special licence anodiwa pakutyaira air brake commercial vehicles. sorry maningi zvanyanyawoka izvi.

  39. why should a head-on collision happen in a country where toll gate fees are bringing in millions of USA dollars per second,ZINARA should meet all funeral costs for the families

  40. wat a grt loss, RIP all e” deceased psngrs.

  41. I am interested to ask:

    Was the green fuels tractor unit right or left hand drive.

    E10 fuel in Germany …its largest known market in Europe

    IS A FAILED PRODUCT..A FAILED TECHNOLOGY.

    Zimbabwe needs to grow food FIRST..

    These people cannot justify this behaviour.

    DISGRACEFUL!!

  42. Government must do something, people are dying like wild animals in our roads. Why?? This is unacceptable. May all their SOULS REST IN ETERNAL PEACE

  43. May their souls rest in peace.lm sorry to their families.

  44. @Gee Dee ukawana nguva ukwane. just try to find another planet to live.

  45. I suggest Zimara shld construct a railway line that will link chisumbanje and mutare so that the fuel will be ferried via rail instead of road.

  46. i fail 2 see how a party may sacrifice 23 people to further their interest,& its unfortunate in this world we have to tolerate people like Gee Dee who have no morals,deepest condolosences to the family and thank u Newsday for keeping us updated

  47. So sad. I wonder what time of the morning did this happen?

    1. tariro joseph mwatsveruka

      may the lord have mercy in our going out and our coming in
      amen

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