Police must be proactive

EDITOR — Motorists and commuters who use Seke Road in and out of Harare city centre had a nightmare yesterday morning after a haulage truck failed to heed the 4-metre clearance requirement at the Flyover Bridge.

As a result, the container — which the truck was carrying — got hooked by the bridge above it leading to the truck overturning underneath the bridge.

The container fell onto two city-bound vehicles, a commuter omnibus and a salon whose passengers reportedly escaped death by a whisker.

While other emergency response teams like the ambulance service reacted swiftly to ferry the injured to hospital, police’s failure to warn motorists who were far off of the disaster and blockage of the road is puzzling.

This could have averted the resultant log-jam which cost many valuable time as they were forced to turn back to find alternative routes into the city centre and out to Graniteside and Chitungwiza.

The police could have gone as far as Cripps and Cranborne roads, directing vehicles to detour into other roads that could take them into the city.

Likewise traffic heading out towards Graniteside and Chitungwiza could use Robert Mugabe Way, Charter Road or Rotten Row to minimise congestion.

Most people were late for work while commuter omnibuses were forced to offload around ABC Auctions and even Arcadia, with people walking the remaining distance.

Because there was no police officer in sight for that function, the resultant congestion was unimaginable.

At least, whoever heads the traffic section must get intelligence reports throughout the day, especially peak periods, giving the public constant feeds and updates on what is happening on the roads.

Also curious onlookers must avoid getting too close to accident spots like fires or the one in question.

There were some who were busy taking pictures from very close to the container which may have slid further to the ground crashing all that was in its way.

In such cases, police must also clear people from too close to the accident spot.

Vari Mhungura,


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