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Truck Driver Sued For Setting Service Station On Fire


Truck Driver Sued For Setting Service Station On Fire

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A truck driver employed by Creadlyne Transport is in trouble with the law after he allegedly caused a fire that engulfed RAM Service Station and a nearby motor spares shop in Ruwa.

Aleck Chivanga is being sued for US$80 000 by Joyce Kanhukamwe the owner of the motor spares shop which was also burnt to ashes during the inferno.

New Zimbabwe reports that the complainant said she has tried to engage the defendants with no joy forcing her to take the matter to the courts.

According to court papers, the incident occurred on November 5, 2020, when Chivanga delivered fuel at RAM service station.

Kanhukamwe alleges that Chivanga recklessly decanted petrol into underground tanks before the service station and her motor spares shop caught fire. Kanhukamwe accused Chivanga of not following all the safety precautions when he was offloading fuel.

“Chivanga was negligent and did not follow all safety protocols that are supposed to be adhered to in the offloading of fuel. As a result of his negligence and omission, an explosion occurred between the horse and trailer of his truck,”

“The explosion ignited a fire that quickly spread and engulfed RAM Service Station complex and surrounding areas including my motor spares shop which was situated within the perimeter of the service station. The fire obliterated my shop which had stock valued at US$80 000 and I did not recover anything from the shop,” she said.

In her argument, Kanhukamwe claims that if Chivanga had been careful, the fire would not have started, and destroyed her property.

The case is yet to be heard in court.

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