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SIX sus­pected High­landers Foot­ball Club sup­port­ers died while two oth­ers were se­ri­ously in­jured when a pick-up truck they were trav­el­ling in veered off the road and hit a tree along Fal­con Road in Esigo­dini on Sun­day evening.

Chief po­lice spokesper­son Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Char­ity Charamba said the two who were in­jured were taken to the United Bu­l­awayo Hos­pi­tals where they are still ad­mit­ted.

“A Nis­san pick-up was trav­el­ling along Esigo­diniFal­con Road near Esigo­dini Busi­ness Cen­tre with seven pas­sen­gers on board. On ap­proach­ing the 3km peg on the said road, the driver lost con­trol of the ve­hi­cle which veered off to the right and rammed into a tree be­fore land­ing on its wheels.

“Five pas­sen­gers died on the spot and the other one died on ad­mis­sion to Esigo­dini District Hos­pi­tal. Two other peo­ple were in­jured and are ad­mit­ted to United Bu­l­awayo Hos­pi­tals,” she said.

There was spec­u­la­tion that the ac­ci­dent vic­tims had been drink­ing beer while cel­e­brat­ing High­landers’ 2-1 win over Dy­namos at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium on the same day.

A source in Esigo­dini yes­ter­day said the five were High­landers sup­port­ers, a claim The Chron­i­cle could not in­de­pen­dently con­firm last night.

It was also not clear if all the ac­ci­dent vic­tims had ear­lier been at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium in Bu­l­awayo to watch their team com­plete a dou­ble over Dy­namos.

When The Chron­i­cle vis­ited the ac­ci­dent scene along Fal­con Road yes­ter­day, the wreck­age had been towed away, but empty beer bot­tles, shat­tered glasses and a teddy bear were scat­tered over the place.

In June, seven Dy­namos fans died on the spot and three oth­ers later suc­cumbed to in­juries when an Iveco Sprinter they were trav­el­ling in burst a rear tyre, veered off the road and rolled three times in Bat­tle­fields while they were on their way to watch their team play against Cha­pungu FC in Gweru.— @Bian­caMlilo/ @ ncubedou­glas5.

The spot along Esigo­dini’s Fal­con Road where 6 High­landers sup­port­ers died while two were in­jured af­ter the ve­hi­cle they were trav­el­ling in veered off the road, struck a tree and plunged over a bridge on Sun­day evening

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