3 crit­i­cal after Hwange truck crash

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Whins­ley Masara

THREE peo­ple are bat­tling for life after a truck they were trav­el­ling in veered off the road and over­turned near the old toll gate, 17km out of Hwange along the Bu­l­awayo-Vic­to­ria Falls Road, po­lice said yes­ter­day.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred at around 8AM when the driver of a Zalawi haulage truck veered off the road, over­turned and hit a tree.

Sources sus­pect fa­tigue caused the driver to doze off, re­sult­ing in him veer­ing off the road.

Act­ing Mata­bele­land North po­lice spokesper­son Sergeant Na­mati­rai Mashona said she could not com­ment on the ac­ci­dent.

Res­cuers at the scene iden­ti­fied the driver as Mr Aleck Chipeta (43) who sus­tained se­ri­ous head in­juries as his scalp peeled off and bones were pro­trud­ing where he broke his arm.

The pas­sen­gers have been iden­ti­fied as For­tu­nate Nde­bele of So­lusi Vil­lage in Lu­pane and Spencer Mwembe of Dampa Area in Cross Dete.

The two pas­sen­gers that Mr Chipeta gave a lift at Cross-Dete early that morn­ing are said to have in­curred se­ri­ous in­ter­nal in­juries.

The three are ad­mit­ted to Hwange Col­liery Hos­pi­tal.

Sources al­leged the driver, who was trans­port­ing a load from South Africa to Zam­bia, had ar­rived at Cross-Dete at around 9 PM the pre­vi­ous night.

“In­stead of the driver rest­ing, he was seen drink­ing heav­ily and par­ty­ing all night at Cross-Dete Busi­ness Cen­tre.”

“At around 6AM the driver left with a woman iden­ti­fied as Fortue and an­other pas­sen­ger who asked for a lift to Vic­to­ria Falls,” said the source who pre­ferred anonymity.

A mo­torist who wit­nessed the ac­ci­dent said from the mo­ment he caught up with the truck on the road, he sus­pected the driver was doz­ing be­cause his truck kept swerv­ing.

“At around that point, I at­tempted to over­take him but he swerved and en­croached onto my lane be­fore he over­turned. The truck slid for a dis­tance on its roof be­fore it crashed into a tree.”

“I sus­pect the driver was doz­ing and he lost con­trol of the ve­hi­cle. It was a hor­rific scene as the driver was se­ri­ously in­jured. They were all rushed to the Col­liery Hos­pi­tal in Hwange,” said the wit­ness.—@win­nie_­masara.

The wreck­age of the haulage truck which crashed near Hwange yes­ter­day

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