3 killed in road ac­ci­dents

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wal­ter Mswazie Masvingo Cor­re­spon­dent

THREE peo­ple died while more than 10 were in­jured when the ve­hi­cles they were trav­el­ling in crashed in two sep­a­rate ac­ci­dents along Masvingo-Beit­bridge Road, po­lice have said.

The ac­ci­dents oc­cured be­tween Satur­day and Mon­day.

A two-year-old girl and two driv­ers are among the dead.

The bod­ies were taken to Masvingo Pro­vin­cial Hos­pi­tal while the in­jured were rushed to the same hos­pi­tal where their con­di­tion re­mains sta­ble but crit­i­cal.

Masvingo po­lice spokesper­son In­spec­tor Char­ity Mazula said in one of the ac­ci­dents a Honda Fit had two pas­sen­gers on board while the other ve­hi­cle, a Toy­ota Fun Cargo had 12 pas­sen­gers when the tragedy struck.

She iden­ti­fied the de­ceased as Prichard Masango of AFM Church in Ngundu, Wil­fred Jena (30) of Sewe -ZPS Masvingo and Shalon Muzan­dura (2) of Chikuhwa Vil­lage un­der Chief Charumbira

“We re­ceived two ac­ci­dent re­ports which claimed three peo­ple, one on the spot while two, in­clud­ing a two year-old girl died on their way to Masvingo Pro­vin­cial Hos­pi­tal. The in­jured were rushed to the same hos­pi­tal where their con­di­tion is sta­ble but crit­i­cal,” said Insp Mazula.

She said in the first ac­ci­dent which oc­curred on Satur­day the driver, Masango at­tempted to avoid a haulage truck car­ry­ing an ab­nor­mal load and his ve­hi­cle over­turned killing him on the spot while in­jur­ing one pas­sen­ger at the 90 km peg along Masvingo-Beit­bridge Road.

Po­lice said on Mon­day Jena was driv­ing a Toy­ota Fun Cargo along Masvingo-Great Zim­babwe Road en-route Ne­mamwa growth point. At the 15 km peg his ve­hi­cle burst its left rear tyre and he lost con­trol, veered off the road and it rolled twice be­fore land­ing on its wheels.

“Nine pas­sen­gers in­clud­ing Jena, the driver were in­jured. They were rushed to Masvingo Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal but Jena and Shalon died be­fore ar­rival. The in­jured are still ad­mit­ted to the same hos­pi­tal where two pas­sen­gers’ con­di­tion re­mains crit­i­cal while oth­ers are sta­ble,” she said. — @wal­terbm­swazie

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