A fuel tanker registration number T879 DSL / T459 DMD which was en route to Lilongwe from Tanzania caught fire in the early hours of Thursday at Mwakamogho along the Songwe-Karonga M1 road.
Confirming the incident, Karonga Police Spokesperson, Enock Livason said the tanker which was loaded with 42, 000 litres of petrol developed a mechanical problem which led to tire binding and in the process the vehicle caught fire.
Livason said there were no casualties as the driver of the vehicle, Michael Mwapase escaped from the vehicle without any injury.
Police have since commended the community around Mwakamogho for staying away from the burning vehicle.
“It is good that people refrained from getting close to the vehicle otherwise we would have registered deaths related to the accident,” said Livason.
Police reminded the general public against tampering with any vehicle that catches fire to avoid losing lives.