Death toll in In­suza horror crash rises

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pamela Shumba Se­nior Reporter

THE death toll in the hor­rific ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing three haulage trucks at the 82km peg along Bu­l­away­oVic­to­ria Falls Road in In­suza on Satur­day evening has risen to four.

The fourth vic­tim, whose lower body was crushed, re­port­edly died in hospi­tal.

One of the haulage trucks which was en­route from Zam­bia to Bu­l­awayo is sus­pected to have sideswiped with a truck com­ing from Bu­l­awayo be­fore col­lid­ing head on with the sec­ond one, which was also com­ing from Bu­l­awayo.

The ac­ci­dent, which oc­curred at about 7PM sparked a fire that burnt one of the driv­ers be­yond recog­ni­tion.

Na­tional po­lice spokesper­son Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Paul Ny­athi yes­ter­day named three of the ac­ci­dent vic­tims as Si­bonginkosi Ncube (42) from Bu­l­awayo and his co-driver Nku­l­uleko Tshuma also from Bu­l­awayo and Boyd Mweemba (40) who was a Zam­bian.

The road, which had been closed to mo­torists as there were fears that a gas tanker that was in­volved in the ac­ci­dent could ex­plode, was fi­nally opened to traf­fic at 2AM yes­ter­day.

Bu­l­awayo Fire Bri­gade di­vi­sional of­fi­cer Mr Dan­more Chim­badzwa, who at­tended the scene, said they had no op­tion but to empty the gas tank.

“We man­aged to clear the road for mo­torists at 2AM af­ter emp­ty­ing the gas tank. The block­ing of the road had cre­ated a traf­fic jam as some ve­hi­cles were bogged in sand, while driv­ing through a de­tour in the bush.

“The gas was also ex­pos­ing peo­ple to dan­ger as it was leak­ing from the tank,” said Mr Chim­badzwa.

Bu­l­awayo chief fire of­fi­cer Mr Richard Peterson yes­ter­day said in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the cause of the ac­ci­dent were un­der­way.

Vil­lagers in In­suza took ad­van­tage of the traf­fic jam that lasted more than 24 hours and made money af­ter as­sist­ing mo­torists whose cars got stuck in the sand.

Mo­torists who spoke to Chron­i­cle said they had to pay vil­lagers up to $5 per ve­hi­cle to get as­sis­tance.

“We ar­rived at the scene at about 9PM and the road was still blocked. We re­alised that some cars were stuck in the sand but we had no op­tion but to use the same de­tour.

“Our car was stuck be­fore we were even half­way through the de­tour. The vil­lagers quickly de­manded $5 to pull the car to the other end. We paid and it took 30 min­utes to pull the car out,” said Claude Sibanda, who was trav­el­ling from Vic­to­ria Falls to Bu­l­awayo. — @ pame­lashumba1

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