5 killed in horror crash

HARARE - Five people died on the spot yesterday morning in a horror accident when a Toyota Raum rammed into a Muzeya Bus near Zindoga Shopping Centre along Simon Mazorodze Road in Harare.

Charity Charamba, national police spokesperson, could not immediately reveal the number of the injured.

“I haven’t yet received the full details but five people died on the spot,” Charamba told the Daily News.

Witnesses said six people on the bus, including the driver, were seriously injured.

The accident occurred when the Toyota Raum burst a front tyre  and encroached into the lane of the oncoming bus, resulting in a freak head-on collision.

“We have never seen what happened today,” witness Farai Muchena said.

“The small car (Toyota Raum) tried to overtake and unfortunately it burst a tyre and flew into the air, encroaching the lane of the oncoming bus and then there was a head-on collision while the Toyota Raum was still in the air.

“The small car was sent rolling several times and one lady was thrown out of the car, while four other people remained trapped in the car. The bus then plunged into the drain.”

One woman and four men in the Toyota Raum died on the spot.

“One of them did not have a head (sic) and another had his body split into two, brains were everywhere,” Festus Garwe, another witness said.

“These people were badly injured. The driver of the bus was not badly injured because he came out of the bus walking by himself. Other passengers in the bus had slight injuries.”

The fully-loaded bus was said to be coming from Nerupiri in Masvingo.

When the Daily News visited the accident scene, Harare Fire Brigade workers were cleaning blood splattered everywhere and picking up pieces of human flesh strewn all over the place, while the bodies of the deceased lay by the roadside, covered in red blankets. It was a grisly sight.

The bus was heavily damaged on the front, while the windscreen was smashed. A few metres away was the mangled wreck of the Toyota Raum.

From afar, dejected passengers watched as bus conductors removed luggage from the bus.

“This is really terrible,” said a woman who only identified herself as Amai Chiedza.

“I was seating at the back and I a heard a big bang. The next thing the bus had plunged into the drain. When we disembarked we saw blood all over and bodies thrown everywhere lying lifeless.”

Comments (9)

May their souls rest in peace

chitondwe - 18 October 2013

May their souls rest in peace

chitondwe - 18 October 2013

May their souls rest in peace

chitondwe - 18 October 2013

May their souls rest in peace

chitondwe - 18 October 2013

Hon. Minister Dr Obert Mpofu Transport and Infrastructural Development, Government of Zimbabwe Excellency, The spate of accidents on our roads has become a worrisome issue. I decided to write this letter to you to register my concern and inform you that I am living in depression knowing that I lost friends and relatives and some seriously maimed due to road accidents in our country. Public transport has become a fierce predator on our lives in general. People are dying recklessly on the roads and some their lives completely changed by these accidents. What can we do to stop this carnage? How long can this continue? While it is our collective responsibility to ensure safety on the roads, I do believe that your ministry is our sole hope to deal with this issue once and for all and to bring those responsible before the law through appropriate policies and regulations. This is one urgent priority area, as a citizen of Zimbabwe, am kindly requesting your ministry to focus on to ensure safety on our roads. We need zero tolerance to those breaking the traffic rules and causing this untold suffering to others. Please help. I trust that you will consider this issue. We demand peace on the roads! Thank you

Kufa - 18 October 2013

Tragic indeed. As a matter of policy I think government must enforce tyre changes on all imported second hand vehicles especially from Japan. Most in not all these come fitted with types not suitable for up our conditions in Zimbabwe let alone the hot conditions we have. Mark my words this will not be the last one, unnecessary life loss. If you are driving an imported Jap car I suggest you have tyre changes to more suitable locally tested tyres. Just a thought!

Mhofu - 20 October 2013

How ironic when it turns out that the 5 were armed robbers who had just robbed a woman of her cellphone and they were running away from a police chase! A case of instant justice!!

Mukoma - 22 October 2013

apparently it came out that all who died in the accident were armed robbers who were fleeing the police and they had robbed a woman a few hours before their death. do what you do but remember God is still there and watching

me - 22 October 2013

Makabata asingabatwi

Hazvie - 23 October 2013

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