accident 02-01-11.jpg12 people have died and several others injured in a road accident involving a bus and a haulage truck along the Masvingo-Beitbridge highway, about 83 kilometres outside Masvingo near Ngundu.

Eleven of the people died on the spot, while the other one died on admission at hospital.

 

Four of the 12 who died were passengers in the haulage truck, including the driver, while the other eight including the driver and conductor,  were in the bus.

 

The Officer Commanding Masvingo Province, Senior Assistant Commissioner Fortune Zengeni, said the accident occurred after a South African-registered bus, Luqrey Coach, had a head-on collision with the truck which was carrying cotton lint.

Some of the injured were ferried to Chibi Hospital for medical attention and police are still verifying the names of the victims.

Senior Assistant Commissioner Zengeni said preliminary investigations have shown that the bus was speeding and was trying to overtake another vehicle leading to the collision with the truck which was going the opposite direction.

The bus was heading for Harare coming from Johannesburg.

 

Meanwhile, the Acting Minister of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development, Cde Nicholas Goche has sent a message of condolences to the families of people who died in the bus accident.

In a statement, Cde Goche also wished those who were injured a quick recovery.

He reminded public transporters to take necessary mitigatory measures to ensure the country’s roads are safe and minimize the loss of lives and injuries.

Cde Goche said his ministry has issued financial support to each of the bereaved families.

Cde Goche said the financial support of US$375 for each family will cover transport, food, among other costs.

 

In a related development, a Chikozho bus and a lorry have been involved in accidents at the same spot.

 

Police spokesperson, Superintendent Oliver Mandipaka said the Chikozho bus disengaged when it had stopped at the accident scene, hit the trailer of the truck which had been involved in the accident and overturned.

 

Superintendent Mandipaka said the lorry also hit the trailer of the same truck when it reached the accident scene.

 

He said no major injuries were reported from these two incidents.

Chief Superintendent Mandipaka said a police post has been established at Masvingo General Hospital where members of the public are to assist in the identification of the bodies and property.

 

He said all the injured are receiving medical attention at Masvingo General Hospital.