Kombi drives over sleep­ing pas­sen­ger

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Thu­peyo Mu­leya

A 39-YEAR-OLD man from Masvingo was on Satur­day evening crushed to death by a Mercedes Benz sprinter he had been trav­el­ling in while sleep­ing un­der the ve­hi­cle at Beit­bridge Bor­der Post.

It is al­leged that Web­ster Ruk­wava went to sleep un­der the ve­hi­cle at around 11.40PM while col­leagues he was trav­el­ling with went through cus­toms and im­mi­gra­tion pro­ce­dures.

Mata­bele­land South po­lice spokesper­son In­spec­tor Philisani Nde­bele said the car was trav­el­ling from South Africa to Masvingo tow­ing a trailer and car­ry­ing an as­sort­ment of goods.

“While at the bor­der post, the driver went to process im­mi­gra­tion and cus­toms doc­u­ments for both the goods and the ve­hi­cle. Dur­ing that time, the now de­ceased dis­em­barked from the car and slept un­der­neath it with his head close to the front wheels,” he said.

In­spec­tor Nde­bele said when the driver re­turned, he started the en­gine and the front wheels crushed Ruk­wava’s head.

He said Ruk­wava died on the spot and the mat­ter was re­ported to the po­lice.

“The man’s body has been taken to Beit­bridge Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal mor­tu­ary while the ve­hi­cle’s driver is as­sist­ing po­lice with in­ves­ti­ga­tions. As po­lice we want to urge mo­torists to al­ways stick to the ba­sics of driv­ing so that we can avoid such un­nec­es­sary deaths,” said Insp Nde­bele.

In Au­gust this year, the driver of a Bu­l­away­obound Grey­hound bus driver was crushed to death at Beit­bridge Bor­der Post when he was trapped un­der a bus while at­tend­ing to a tyre punc­ture.

The in­ci­dent comes a few months after a tout was crushed to death while sleep­ing un­der­neath a bus at Dulivhadz­imu bus ter­mi­nus.

Late last year, an­other woman col­lapsed and died while stand­ing in a queue on the South African side of the bor­der.

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