7 perish in crash

HARARE - Seven people died on the spot en-route to Bulawayo when their Toyota Granvia was hit by a haulage truck near Treetop shops on Friday.

Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi, the Zimbabwe Republic Police spokesperson, yesterday told the Daily News on Sunday that the accident happened around 10pm on Friday.

He said the Granvia, which was travelling towards Gweru, had parked on the right side of the road, while the driver was taking a break.

According to Nyathi, when the vehicle tried to get back into the road, it was suddenly hit by a freightliner haulage truck which was travelling towards Bulawayo.

“All the passengers including the driver of the Toyota died on the spot,” Nyathi said.

He encouraged all motorists to exercise extreme caution and observe road rules and regulations when travelling on the roads.

The Harare-Bulawayo road has claimed many lives, with the accidents mostly increasing during the festive season.

The Friday tragedy occurred after another fatal accident took place along the same road in March this year killing seven people.

Three people also died in January this year, along the Harare-Bulawayo road, when the bus they were travelling in collided with a Nissan UD lorry near Norton.

In December last year, six people died in another horrific accident after a bus they were travelling in, collided with a haulage truck near Shangani along the Bulawayo-Harare highway.

Police have previously attributed road accidents to speeding, lack of driving experience, drunken driving and driving without a licence.

    Comments (3)

    Just strange that every year the same company has accidents. Have clean business model, not based on blood model.

    Sad Truth - 21 July 2014

    haulage owners and drivers GUARD AGAINST blood shedding , they need to care for human life

    takecare Badnews - 21 July 2014

    Very sad that precious life was lost, but Sad Truth and takecore Badnews, we should be fair to the haulage owners and drivers in this particular accident. The Toyota driver had parked on the RIGHT side! Chivanhu chaicho.

    John Fairness - 21 July 2014

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