24 perish in bus accident

HARARE – Twenty four people died and 46 others were seriously injured yesterday morning when a Zupco bus travelling towards Mutoko was involved in a horrific collision with a Pioneer bus at the 35-kilometre peg along the Harare-Mutoko road.

When the Daily News crew arrived at the scene of the accident yesterday, there was a gory sea of blood from victims — with relatives and friends sobbing inconsolably.

Stunned motorists and passers-by described the scene as resembling the worst horror movie imaginable.

Members of the fire brigade were busy removing bodies trapped in the two buses, while retrieved bodies were placed on the side of the road.
The accident occurred near a popular shopping centre called Blueridge.

“In this incident, a Zupco bus which was travelling from Harare and a Pioneer bus which was travelling from Nyamapanda had a sideswipe at the 35km peg when the Pioneer bus encroached on to the oncoming vehicle’s lane,” police spokesperson chief superintendent Paul Nyathi said.
Scores of injured passengers were taken to Parirenyatwa and Harare hospitals.

Nyathi said the Zimbabwe Republic Police was still in the process of identifying victims from the two buses.
According to eye witnesses, the Pioneer bus veered off the road once it allegedly sideswiped the Zupco bus, before hitting a tree.

Of the 24 people who lost their lives, 21 were said to be from the Zupco bus, while the other three were on the Pioneer bus.
When the Daily News crew arrived at the scene of the accident, at around 1pm, there was a sombre mood and a heavy stench of blood in the air.

Two young boys who had been rescued, looked terribly traumatised and did not seem to understand what was happening.
The news crew later established that the mother of one of the boys had sadly perished in the accident.

So horrifying was the scene that one of the fire brigade members attending to the accident fainted and had to be taken to an ambulance where paramedics attended to him.
Virtually all traffic on either side of the road came to a standstill as there was no room to manoeuvre as the wreckages had blocked the highway.

There was some commotion when another Pioneer bus travelling towards Mutoko stopped to assess the situation, and their superiors chased away the bus driver and conductor from the scene.
Unconfirmed reports at the time of going to Press suggested that the Pioneer driver involved in the accident had died on the spot when the bus veered off the road and hit a tree.

One of the accident survivors, Thomas Matowo, who was in the Zupco bus, attributed the accident to alleged reckless driving by the Pioneer driver, as well as a lack of proper road signs on the highway.
“When the accident occurred, I started throwing people out of the bus, then I jumped out. After that I saved about four more people.

“This has become a black spot. The road signs here leave a lot to be desired. The government must do something about the spot. Besides, the area just has too many trees,” Matowo said.
When the Daily News crew left the scene at around 3pm, the bodies of the deceased were still lined-up at the side of the road, awaiting transportation to mortuaries.

Last year, two Zupco buses were involved in two accidents.
One claimed 13 lives while 18 people were seriously injured in August last year. The other accident claimed 12 lives.

The latest tragedy comes at a time when complaints about the state of the country’s roads are increasing.
There are also concerns that road rehabilitation processes are targeted at some highways while many other roads are neglected.

Last year, a Parliamentary portfolio committee on Transport conducted an inquiry into the causes of the country’s road carnage where it was noted that road mortalities were the fourth leading cause of deaths in Africa.
According to the United Nations, road fatalities may soon exceed HIV/Aids-related deaths.

The committee also stated some of the causes of road accidents such as driver fatigue, poor driver attitude, crass use of cellphones while driving, stray animals, use of second hand tyres, dangerous overtaking and turning errors, and corruption in the issuance of drivers' licences.

Parliament has also come up with a resolution that there should be zero tolerance on the use of cellphones while driving, and that the ZRP should acquire breathalysers to check for excess alcohol in stream of drivers.24 perish in horrific crash


Comments (12)

Our roads have claimed so many lives ,more needs to be done to curb the alarming carnage rate.i feel dualisation of all major roads could be the only lasting solution.

tvv - 18 January 2015


HEZVOKO BWAA - 18 January 2015

May the deceased's families be comforted by our Lord. May the souls of all those who have perished rest in eternal peace. From the pic above it seems the ZUPCO bus have been seriously damaged as compared to the other UnFreighter bus. Akasimba here mabhazi ezupco ayo

Zvakaoma - 18 January 2015

Tiri kuchema pamwe chete nehama dzarasikirwa nevadikanwi. Zvinorwadza sei vadikanwa asi ticheme tine tariro.

Baba Makatendeka - 19 January 2015

Lord Jesus heal the broken hearts of those who lost lives in the accident and preserve those still in hospitals

Lawrence Rusere - 19 January 2015

I have seen some of the Zupco buses achifamba chasis yakabhenda really where are we heading to? Do we have people who cares or it is a matter of bhazi ngaribude kunotsvaga mari? May the lord wipe the tears of the relatives who were involved in this accident. mwari tibatsireiwo muno munyika medu tachema zvakwana. pindirai mambo.

Tirimoo - 19 January 2015

May the Holy Spirit comfort the bereaved families. Meanwhile all these things are happening, the leadership is busy amassing wealth and fighting each. our God will not be quite forever.

prof - 19 January 2015

These imports from China were never meant to operate in Africa.Lets resort to our old chicken buses built by Dahmer.Imagine carrying people in a bus made frm fibre glass

HUMBA - 19 January 2015

These zupco buses are killing people every time because they are not arested by ZRP and VID

moses antonio - 19 January 2015

its time time to have only 35 and above to drive these public transport enough is enough,but why zupco is always involved in these accident,they overspeed these people.

godlwayo - 20 January 2015

May their souls rest in peace

chibaba - 21 January 2015

May their soul rest in peace.Hatina musha panyika.

sithembisosithembiso - 21 January 2015

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