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EIGHT peo­ple died while four oth­ers were in­jured after a Toy­ota Gran­via burst its right rear tyre, veered off the road and rolled three times be­fore land­ing on its wheels at the 75km peg along the Bu­l­awayo-Harare High­way yes­ter­day.

Wit­nesses said some of the bod­ies were thrown out of the ve­hi­cle when the ac­ci­dent oc­curred at about 3PM.

The Chron­i­cle vis­ited the scene of the ac­ci­dent at about 6PM yes­ter­day and ob­served that the ve­hi­cle was a write off while an of­fi­cial from a tow­ing com­pany was work­ing on the wreck­age.

All the glasses from the ve­hi­cle were shat­tered.

Wit­nesses said the po­lice re­moved the bod­ies while Good Sa­mar­i­tans rushed the sur­vivors to hos­pi­tal.

A man from a nearby vil­lage who ar­rived at the scene soon after the ac­ci­dent oc­curred said eight died peo­ple in the crash.

“The car burst its right rear tyre and veered off the road. We sus­pect that the car rolled about three times be­fore land­ing on its wheels. Eight peo­ple died, seven of them on the spot while the other one died while be­ing rushed to hos­pi­tal,” said the wit­ness.

An­other wit­ness said he would never for­get the gory ac­ci­dent.

“Some bod­ies were flung out of the ve­hi­cle. There was an acrid smell of blood. It was a scary. Eight is too large a num­ber for peo­ple to die at one go,” he said.

He said pass­ing mo­torists rushed three of the in­jured peo­ple to Shangani hos­pi­tal.

“The am­bu­lance took long to ar­rive. Three nurses who were trav­el­ling to­wards Shangani took them to the hos­pi­tal. How­ever, one per­son didn’t seem to be se­ri­ously hurt.

“He was able to iden­tify some of the peo­ple who had died,” he said.

The wit­ness said po­lice from Shangani at­tended the ac­ci­dent scene and took the dead away in metal coffins.

The lo­cals said the par­tic­u­lar stretch of road was now a black spot as nu­mer­ous ac­ci­dents oc­cur on it. Com­ment could not be im­me­di­ately ob­tained from the po­lice last night. — @nqot­shili

Eight peo­ple who were trav­el­ling in a Toy­ota Gran­via died on the spot while three were in­jured when its right rear tyre burst, veered off the road and rolled three times at the 75km peg along the Bu­l­awayo-Harare High­way yes­ter­day

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