Driver electrocuted as truck hits overhead power line

Theresa Zibowa

Mirror Reporter

Chikomba – A 38-year-old truck driver from Dzivarasekwa 3, Harare, was electrocuted as he tried to drive his heavy vehicle under 11 kV ZESA lines at Thomson Farm in Beatrice on Tuesday. 

Mashonaland East Police spokesperson Simon Chazovachiyi confirmed the case to The Mirror.

On August 9, 2022, at around 2 pm, Funny Kunze was driving a truck registration number HH45BSBP and a trailer carrying an excavator from South Africa to Thomson Farm in Beatrice. He was in the company of two passengers, Brain Nyakabwi (34) and Lillian Veremu (36).

The truck was to pass under a ZETDC 11 kV line to get to the farm. The driver was warned against passing under the line, but he was adamant. As the truck passed, the excavator got tangled on one of the lines, and the driver stopped.

The three got out of the vehicle through the driver’s door. However, the driver realized he had not killed the engine and returned to the truck. He got electrocuted as he tried to open the door. 

He suffered burns. The matter was reported to ZRP Beatrice, and the body was taken to Chitungwiza Hospital for postmortem.

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