54 es­cape burn­ing bus

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Pa­trick Chi­tumba

FIFTY-FOUR pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling on a Pro­liner Lux­ury Bus from Jo­han­nes­burg, South Africa, cheated death when the ve­hi­cle went up in flames near Chivhu along the Harare-Beit­bridge high­way yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Goods worth thou­sands of dol­lars were lost in the fire that re­duced the bus to a shell.

The bus, eye­wit­nesses said, caught fire at around 7:30AM near Feather­stone about 40km from Chivhu. All the 54 pas­sen­gers scram­bled to safety and no one was in­jured.

Na­tional po­lice spokesper­son Com­mis­sioner Char­ity Charamba said:

“Yes I con­firm that a Pro­liner bus com­ing from South Africa caught fire near Chivhu this morn­ing (yes­ter­day) at around 7:30AM. It’s sus­pected that the rear wheels were bind­ing. Luck­ily they no­ticed the fire early and ev­ery­one got out.”

Asst Comm Charamba said mes­sages on the What­sapp plat­form claim­ing that some pas­sen­gers had died in the fire were un­true.

“Some peo­ple are now abus­ing the so­cial me­dia and it’s un­called for. There were 54 pas­sen­gers on board and they all came out safely.

“There were no in­juries recorded and above all no one died. Only their goods were burnt in the fire,” she said, urg­ing motorists to al­ways be on the look­out for such freak ac­ci­dents on the road.

“A driver should feel when some­thing is wrong. In this case the rear wheel binded and he must have felt some re­sis­tance on the speed of the bus be­fore the fire started,” she said.

An eye­wit­nesses told The Chron­i­cle that the bus left Chivhu at around 7AM and ev­ery­thing seemed nor­mal.

“On get­ting to Feather­stone, the driver no­ticed some smoke com­ing from the back and stopped the bus. Im­me­di­ately pas­sen­gers started get­ting out of the bus.

“Although panic gripped them, they all man­aged to get off. Some pas­sen­gers man­aged to save some of their goods,” said the eye­wit­ness on con­di­tion of anonymity.

Some were not as lucky as they lost their lug­gage, ac­ces­sories like cell­phones, lap­tops as well as beds, among oth­ers. — @pchi­tumba1. As­sis­tant

The Pro­liner bus burns near Chivhu along the Harare-Beit­bridge high­way yes­ter­day morn­ing

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