Harare-bound Citi Liner bus catches fire

HARARE – At least 52 passengers aboard a Citi Liner bus travelling from Johannesburg to Harare escaped narrowly after the vehicle caught fire yesterday morning.

At the time of going to print, it could not be established how much goods had been consumed by the inferno.  The incident happened at the 40 kilometre peg from Beitbridge.

Efforts to get a comment from deputy police spokesperson Paul Nyathi were fruitless as he did not respond to questions sent to him.

However, Juan-Pierre Du Buisson of Greyhound & Citiliner Reservations said there were no casualties.

“We can confirm the incident and the matter is currently being investigated to determine the exact cause. All passengers are safe and no injuries were reported. A replacement vehicle was mobilized and all passengers transported to their final destination with us. A small percentage of luggage could not be salvaged but affected patrons will be assisted at the Greyhound Office in Harare,” Du Buisson told the Daily News from South Africa.

An official at the Greyhound Office in Harare Arthur Makumana described the incident as unfortunate but was happy that no one had been hurt.

“It was an unfortunate incident but no one was hurt and the majority of the passengers managed to recover all their goods. As of now investigations are still ongoing but it could be an electric fault,” Makumana said.

Citiliner is a division of Greyhound Bus and started operating as far back as 2005, with scheduled services to Umtata as well as Harare and Bulawayo in Zimbabwe as well as Maputo in Mozambique.

The semi-luxury coach service also operates across all major cities in South Africa.

Citi Liner said it places great emphasis safety and often has driver training, 24-hour vehicle monitoring, with drive-cams to monitor safety on the road.