3 dead, crit­i­cal in­juries in wet road crash

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THREE peo­ple were killed while sev­eral oth­ers were se­ri­ously in­jured yes­ter­day when a bus they were trav­el­ling in was in­volved in a head-on col­li­sion with a car in Esigo­dini.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred along the Beit­bridgeBu­l­awayo Road shortly af­ter 5PM.

The bus, be­long­ing to In­ter-Africa Bus Ser­vices, was com­ing from Chipinge headed for Bu­l­awayo while the car, a Mazda Demio was com­ing from Bu­l­awayo.

The num­ber of peo­ple who were in­jured and their con­di­tions could not be es­tab­lished im­me­di­ately last night, but they were rushed to United Bu­l­awayo Hos­pi­tals by am­bu­lances.

When The Chron­i­cle news crew vis­ited the ac­ci­dent scene, po­lice had cor­doned off the area.

e bus landed on its side af­ter over­turn­ing and the ve­hi­cle was ex­ten­sively dam­aged.

Bu­l­awayo Chief Fire Of­fi­cer Richard Peter­son said: “I can con­firm that an ac­ci­dent oc­curred in Esigo­dini be­tween a bus and a light ve­hi­cle. Three peo­ple died on the spot while the in­jured were rushed to UBH.”

He said he did not have fur­ther de­tails on the in­jured and what could have caused the ac­ci­dent.

Na­tional po­lice spokesper­son Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Paul Ny­athi last night said he hadn’t yet re­ceived a re­port on the ac­ci­dent.

The bus owner Leonard Mukumba said the bus was trav­el­ling from Chipinge to Bu­l­awayo, but did not have de­tails of what tran­spired.

“It was rain­ing and it was wet. We sus­pect that one of the ve­hi­cles swerved and en­croached onto the lane of on­com­ing traf­fic,” said Mukumba.

Re­cently, a re­port by MPs said 85 per­cent of ac­ci­dents in the coun­try were caused by hu­man er­ror. MPs listed 12 other causes of ac­ci­dents in the coun­try that in­clude the bad state of the roads, speed­ing, drunken driv­ing, fa­tigue, use of cell­phones when driv­ing and go­ing through red ro­bots.

The use of sec­ond hand tyres, sta­tion­ary and de­fec­tive ve­hi­cles as well as stray an­i­mals on the roads, in­ad­e­quate road sig­nage and mark­ings as well as lack of traf­fic en­force­ment were also cited.

The law­mak­ers’ re­port rec­om­mended that the gov­ern­ment should in­crease fines charged for traf­fic of­fences so that they are de­ter­rent. The author­i­ties were also urged to in­tro­duce traf­fic courts where rou­tine of­fend­ers are charged and li­cences are en­dorsed or can­celled. The com­mit­tee said the cor­rupt is­suance of drivers’ li­cences and cer­tifi­cates of fit­ness by the Ve­hi­cle In­spec­tion Depart­ment as well as cor­rup­tion at road­blocks also con­trib­uted to road ac­ci­dents. In or­der to re­duce cor­rup­tion, MPs said VID and ZRP traf­fic of­fi­cers must pe­ri­od­i­cally be trans­ferred.

The re­port said the vol­ume of traf­fic has in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly in Zim­babwe while the road in­fra­struc­ture re­mains the same and has de­te­ri­o­rated with lit­tle re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. — @Mash­nets

The wreck­ages of the In­ter Africa bus and the Mazda Demio which col­lided near Esigo­dini yes­ter­day

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