A truck belonging to Lake Oil Transportation Limited which was carrying diesel fuel Wednesday plunged into Jalawe Bridge in Rumphi along the M1 Road, seriously injuring the driver in the process. The front of the tanker was also extensively damaged.
Rumphi Police Spokesperson, Victor Khamisi, who was part of the team that visited the scene of the accident, confirmed about the incident, saying the tanker was travelling from Tanzania going towards Mzuzu.
He said the accident occurred when the driver who he identified as 37 year old Muhammad Kijembe from Dar es Salaam, failed to control the vehicle after its breaking system had suddenly stopped working.
“The vehicle suddenly developed a technical fault as it was approaching Jalawe Bridge and when the driver tried to control it, its breaks stopped working. Thereafter, it plunged in the drift from where it rolled into the river,” explained Khamisi.
“Its front was extensively damaged and diesel fuel was spilling from the tanker, this occurred due to the roll-over effect,” added Khamisi.
He said the driver sustained cuts in the head and both legs. At the time of interview with this reporter, the driver was reportedly at Rumphi District Hospital where he was taken for treatment.
Eye witnesses who passed through the scene of the accident earlier told reporters that it took almost three hours for rescuers and police to extract the driver who was stuck in the driving seat.
They said the rescuers from nearby villages and police had to cut through the wreckage of the vehicle to get out the injured driver to safety.