10 die in horror crash

HARARE - Ten people died yesterday morning in a horror crash that left five people seriously injured near Chinhamo Service Station along Seke Road.

The accident happened after a commuter omnibus veered off the road and hit a tree.

National police spokesperson, chief superintendent Paul Nyathi, said the driver of the commuter omnibus was speeding.

Nyathi said the driver was trying to overtake another vehicle when the fatal accident occurred.

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to confirm that 10 people have died after a commuter omnibus went off the road along Seke Road near Chinhamo Service Station and hit a tree today at 1115hours,” Nyathi said in a statement.

“The commuter omnibus driver was allegedly trying to overtake another vehicle when his Chitungwiza-bound public service vehicle went to the right lane and hit a tree.

“Seven people including the driver died on the spot. Two other passengers died on admission at Chitungwiza Hospital while one passenger died on admission at Parirenyatwa Hospital.

“Meanwhile, five passengers who sustained injuries are admitted at Parirenyatwa Hospital.”

The police said they were still verifying the actual number of the people who were in the kombi while the conductor, who survived the crash, said there were 18 passengers.

“Police are appealing to drivers to exercise caution on the road and avoid overtaking in situations which put the lives of passengers at risk,” reads the press statement.

While some passengers claimed that the accident was caused by a burst tyre, a police officer who was at the scene, said: “We doubt that the accident might have been caused by a tyre burst, but we cannot rule that out. But from the look of things, the driver was over speeding and he lost control of the vehicle. The impact of the accident indeed shows you that the driver was over speeding.”

When the Daily News crew visited the accident scene, rescue workers were busy, with traffic police officers scrutinising the mangled wreck of commuter omnibus.

There was blood all over the kombi and the tree and the passengers’ luggage was strewn all over the accident scene.

The kombi was heavily damaged with the right side ripped off.

Witnesses described horrific scenes of mutilated bodies.

“The driver’s body was torn into two pieces,” Tichaona Moyo said. “One person’s stomach was cut open. It was a horrific sight. Some of the bodies did not have limbs.”

The driver was driving a Toyota Hiace registration number ACQ 5160 and heading towards Chitungwiza from the city centre.

Comments (18)

This is really shocking and disturbing. This is a clear lesson that drivers should exercise extreme care on our roads so s to avoid such unnecessary loose of life. May their souls rest in peace

Pythias Makonese - 20 May 2014

If traffic officers were doing the right job at their numerous road blocks,road accidents could be kept at minimum levels.But it is a pity that road blocks are all for bribes chete.The country has gone to the dogs.

DASHURAI - 20 May 2014

No words can express the gravity of this carnage. May God comfort the families of those that perished in this horiffic accident. Am wondering if its possible to electronically govern the maximum speed of public service vehicles.

Concerned - 20 May 2014

I feel the ZRP should do more in terms of enforcing more stricter measures in terms of over-speeding and of breaking regulatory laws of the road. the maximum speed limit on this particular road is pegged at 100, however you will see commuter buses doing over 120-140km/h. Its shocking. and nobody is bothered about it. ZRP should put at least three speed traps on this road, and with heavy fines; then maybe we can have some sanity on Seke road.

Zuruvi - 20 May 2014

This incident should be an eye opener to us who use public transport. As much as we can find excuses why the tragedy occurred, we should know that we are the last line of defense to our safety. Let's take it upon ourself to tell the driver not use the specified speed limits. Vaudzei mukuwasha kumba ya June njodzi. Better late than never. Batsheleni Bantu veNkosi

Dehwa murozvi - 20 May 2014

Sad indeed. Is what you are calling Traffic Officers those street kids in what used to be Police Men gear? What traffic regulations do they know of for them to enforce. All they are in the roads for is cash from motorists, that is why they are called street kids. They would check and get very concerned about a vehicle's reverse lights and would not even check the brakes, tyres, horn, lights etc. Vana Nyathi will only wait to give speeches after an accident...nonsense! So often they pass broken down vehicles with no breakdown reflective triangles placed behind, but make an issue of same to a driver whose vehicle is moving (not broken down) Unobva washaya kuti zvinombafamba sei.

Nyashanu - 20 May 2014

like lamp going to the slaughter, we the passengers are quietly sent to our death by tolerating over speeding, overzealous, over drunk drivers. We commuters have the power to stop this carnage considering the ineffectiveness of the traffic police or is traffic looters. We must safeguard our lives by demanding commuter drivers to stick to not more than 80km/hr. No driver can overrule 18 voices. We also urge drivers commuter operators to value lives more than a mere target . Commuter buses have been operational in zim for close to 21 yrs now and surely there should now have been some civilization within the industry. We are really hurt and saddened by this cruel death of innocent people and the suffering their families are going through. Heads must roll at ZRP

commuter - 20 May 2014

Speeding penalties The minimum penalty for speeding in the UK is a £100 (USD150) fine and 3 penalty points added to your licence. You could be disqualified from driving if you build up 12 or more penalty points within a period of 3 years. New drivers If you're still within 2 years of passing your driving test, your driving licence will be revoked (withdrawn) if you build up 6 or more penalty points. I suggest Drivers should be issued with tickets that they will have to pay at court and not ZRP and within 24hours of the offence. We can do it if we put our minds together and stop the unnecessarily lose of lives.

Zuruvi - 20 May 2014

I thought the dualisation of Chitungwiza road was going reduce carnage on this road but this has failed. Instead of the police to mount several road blocks on this road, they should instead have Highway Patrols checking that motorists are not over speeding.Those B-cars are meant for that. What is happening is that as soon as these kombis pass through a road block they seem to have been given the licence to throw away the rules of the road out the window.

Road user - 20 May 2014

Let us emulate what other countries are doing in enforcing the law of the road; for example in the USA: NEW YORK DMV POINT SYSTEM. The point system is not the only way to lose your license; there are mandatory suspensions and revocations outside this classification. While the traffic convictions themselves remain on your record for at least three years, the points are automatically removed from your total 18 months after committing an offense. Speeding (1-10 MPH over posted limit): 3 points Speeding (11-20 MPH over posted limit): 4 points Speeding (21-30 MPH over posted limit): 6 points Speeding (31-40 MPH over posted limit): 8 points Speeding (more than 40 MPH over posted limit): 11 points Reckless driving: 5 points Failing to stop for a school bus: 5 points Following too closely (tailgating): 4 points Inadequate brakes: 4 points Inadequate brakes while driving an employer's vehicle: 2 points Failing to yield right-of-way: 3 points Violation involving a traffic signal, stop sign, or yield sign: 3 points Railroad-crossing violation: 3 points Improper passing, unsafe lane change, driving left of center, or driving in wrong direction: 3 points Leaving the scene of an incident involving property damage or injury to a domestic animal: 3 points Safety restraint violation involving a person under 16: 3 points Texting while driving: 5 points Any other moving violation: 2 points

Zuruvi - 20 May 2014

This is very sad and disturbing.The time of pointing fingers must be put aside and people work to find better solutions to curb these unwarranted road carnages.I feel the first and foremost thing to do is to put an age limit of what drivers go behind that steering wheel in combis.The younger drivers still need time to experience what it takes to be a driver let alone one carrying the lives of people.They can better be utilised in other transport sections like cargo where they carry lifeless objects.The life of a person once lost cannot be replaced but if you lose a load of maize,you can easily get another one.The vehicles carrying people should actually be governed to a mximum speed of say 80km/hr.Any experienced mechanic knows how this is done by fixing some of the components on the vehicle such that no matter how hard someone may press the accelerator ,the vehicle will not exceed the maximum rated speed limit(80km/hr).Stiffer penalties to offenders should be put in place and enforced.A lot of measures can be taken it only requires devoted people to reduce these road accidents especially those involving kombis.

Thinkaboutit - 20 May 2014

My prayer is to ask for the Almighty to comfort those relatives whose beloved ones were taken away trgically in that horrific accident. In these times that the devil has gone overdrive, let us not take our eyes off Jesus who gave his life for our sins. My wish is to create a mechanism which affords the innocent commuters to report such speeding drivers to a special reporting department at the Police General Headquarters and not any ordinary police station coz that would be a waste of time. I have personally complained in several instances where the driver was overspeeding and the anwer was Ah haisikutombomhanya motor iyi( 120 KmH) It is frightening.

mambo - 20 May 2014

Instead of monitoring the speed limit of vehicles they are busy checking the vehicles if they have dust bins, red reflector line at the back and other unnecessary things. It's high time you regained your Mapurisa evanhu title and throw away the Mapurisa emari name.

Tafunuka - 20 May 2014

Penalties for motor traffic offenses are not deterant enough.Lenience encourages recklessness.Please we need heavy penalties especially against speeding.

GURAJENA - 21 May 2014

Question: How many roadblocks are there on that route? Answer: I PRESUME a minimum of two. Question: How many speed traps? Answer: I presume zero Questions: Was he not stopped at one of the roadblocks and asked for his licence which has less than five years experience? What happened when he failed to produce a defensive driving certificate. The answers lies in us all. My condolences to the mourning families. WE will continue to mourn as long as we tolerate the evil in our society

Gatsi - 21 May 2014

I am not a police officer but also our attitude needs to change as passengers. Whatever the traffic police officers stops the passenger vehicles for....more often than not passengers complain that we are being delayed. Let us desist from this behavior and respect police to do their job. In addition, i have also observed that there has been a culture of lack of respect in that you see somebody parked in teh middle of the road, you tell them its wrong ..the response you get is terrifying as they try to justify themselves. Which ever the case, let us respect one another and learn from others to be better people. Lets not wait for police to tell us we are speeding or breaking the law because all our cars do have speedometers unless they are faulty and passengers let us also help drivers drive us safely by demanding they observe the road regulations. i am deeply saddened by this accident.

tonde - 21 May 2014

On top of the five years experience, the defensive driving and the retest why dont the authorities add MINIMUM OF 35 YEARS IF ONE IS TO DRIVE ANY PUBLIC TRANSPORT VEHICLE, some people tend to become responsible as they grow older. ... i am just thinking aloud.

Tricks - 21 May 2014

The driver was overspeeding.... the driver was overspeeding... tazvinzwa!! but what is VID and ministry of transport doing about this. Most times than not, when a public vehicle is in a fatal accident it's because the driver was overspeeding. Why not govern all public vehicles to the stipulated top speed ye80km/hr before it can be permitted to commute.

Anonymous - 22 May 2014

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