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Truck catches fire, destroys 151 tobacco bales

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A Scania truck loaded with bales of tobacco went up in flames, that repotedly erupted from a binding fault of the vehicle last Thursday.

The truck registration number BR 5516, which was on its way to deliver the consignment to Chinkhoma Auction Floors in Kasungu, had packed 151 bales belonging to various farmers in the district that are contracted to Limbe Leaf Tobacco Limited.

Kasungu Police Deputy Spokesperson, Harry Namwaza, confirmed the incident but said they are yet to establish both the total number of farmers affected and the value of the bales lost.

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According to Namwaza, the vehicle caught fire at the junction of Estate 81 in Kasungu on the Mzuzu and Lilongwe road.

“The driver, Gabriel Mkwinda, upon reaching Estate 81 turn-off, noted that the car had developed a binding fault causing sparks in the process.

“The sparks then spread to bales and, in no time, the gold leaf was up in flames. However, the vehicle was not damaged completely because rescuers had to throw down the flaming tobacco bales,” he said.

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