16 perish in minibus-truck crash

MASVINGO - Sixteen people were killed and 11 others were injured in a mishap near Bubi River on Monday morning when a minibus collided with a truck.

The fatal accident happened at the 206 km peg along the Masvingo-Beitbridge highway.

“ZRP would like to confirm that 16 people have died in a fatal road accident which occurred on 28 July, 2014 at 0300hrs at the 206 km peg Masvingo-Beitbridge Road near Bubi River,” police spokesperson chief superintendent Paul Nyathi said.

Circumstances are that a South Africa-registered truck was travelling towards Masvingo from Beitbridge when it was involved in a head-on collision with a Mercedes Benz Sprinter, which was heading towards Beitbridge from Masvingo.

Fourteen people in the Mercedes, including the driver, died on the spot, while another person died upon admission at Neshuro Hospital and the other died on the way to Bulawayo.

The Merc Sprinter had 28 occupants, while the Hino truck had three occupants.

Eleven people were seriously injured and are currently admitted at Beitbridge Hospital.

“Police are appealing to drivers to exercise caution on the road,” Nyathi warned. “They should rest especially at night when feeling tired and only proceed when their mental capacities allow them to concentrate on movements on the road.”

Meanwhile, police are still conducting investigations into the fatal accident.

Comments (2)

We have said it this highway I don't know when it will be looked at because it is the most dangerous, bad and busy of all the highways of ZImbabwe yet it is the most neglected. It is not about drivers' restraint which is needed, it is mostly about the road it is bad and I wonder why there are even toll gates on that road. Pamwe ndicho chikwambi cheZimbabwe hachisati chaguta ropa.

Maita Manyuka - 29 July 2014

This road is the busiest not just in Zimbabwe but in the continent. This is because South Africa has a huge economy and feeds most of the coutries to the north of Zimbabwe.

Joyce Mujuruuu - 29 July 2014

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