Forty-three people died on the spot while several others were injured in a traffic accident involving a Zambia bound King Lion bus in the Nyamakate area in Hurungwe last night.
Police spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the accident and said the driver failed to negotiate a curve leading to him losing control of the bus and hitting a tree before overturning.
“On approaching the 257 km peg, the driver failed to negotiate a curve and the bus veered off the road and rammed into a big tree killing the driver on the spot together with forty two (42) other passengers. Due to the impact of the crush some of the passengers’ seats were dislodged and thrown to the front of the bus. Thirty (30) passengers were injured five (05) seriously and have since been transferred to Harare for further management. Twenty five (25) are receiving treatment at Chinhoyi and Karoi Hospitals in a stable condition,” she said.
Senior Assistant Commissioner Charamba said the fact that the driver failed to negotiate a curve confirms that he could have been speeding.
She added that the development is sad as it comes just a few months after another accident that killed more than 20 people in Mvuma area.
Senior Assistant Commissioner Charamba also said government has to lobby for a law that compels buses to travel during the day as most accidents take place in the evening.