Fuel tanker goes up in flames at Usakos

07 Oct 2015 13:30pm


A truck driver was injured when the fuel tanker he was driving caught fire at Usakos early Wednesday morning.

The tanker was parked next to another truck which had caught fire. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined as the police are still investigating the matter.

The truck driver, a Namibian citizen, sustained injuries on his leg and arm while attempting to extinguish the fire.

Detective Chief Inspector Erastus Iikuyu of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) at Walvis Bay confirmed the incident. He said it took place at the truck stop near the Engen Service Station between 05h00 and 06h00.

Iikuyu said a Zambian cooler truck parked next to the Namibian vehicle caught fire and these flames spread to the fuel tanker. The driver of the Zambian truck noticed the fire and moved his truck away from the burning tanker.

"The two drivers then started fighting the fire but failed as they only have fire extinguishers. In the process one of them caught fire," Iikuyu said.

He added that the police are waiting for more information such as the severity of the damage caused by the fire, the condition of the driver who was injured and the names of companies which the trucks belong to.