One dies, four in­jured in MSU crash

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Patrick Chi­tumba Mid­lands Bureau Chief

ONE per­son died on the spot while four oth­ers in­clud­ing a driver were se­ri­ously in­jured when a Toy­ota Allex they were trav­el­ling in veered off the road and rolled thrice.

The driver was al­legedly try­ing to avoid crash­ing into a ve­hi­cle that was in front of him at Con­nemara Open Prison, 37 km out of Gweru along the road to Harare.

Among the in­jured were Mid­lands State Univer­sity stu­dents on their way home from writ­ing end of se­mes­ter ex­am­i­na­tions.

Gweru City Coun­cil Chief Fire Of­fi­cer, Mr Em­manuel Musemwa con­firmed the crash which oc­curred around 1PM yes­ter­day.

“I can con­firm that one per­son – a pas­sen­ger in the Toy­ota Allex ve­hi­cle – died on the spot af­ter the ve­hi­cle veered off the road as the driver at­tempted to over­take four ve­hi­cles here at Con­nemara Open Prison. Four other pas­sen­gers have been fer­ried to Gweru Pro­vin­cial Hospi­tal,” he said.

When the Chron­i­cle vis­ited the scene of the ac­ci­dent, of­fi­cials from the Air Force of Zim­babwe and Zim­babwe Prisons and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices were re­mov­ing the in­jured from the Toy­ota Allex.

Ac­cord­ing to wit­nesses, the driver of the Toy­ota Allex tried to over­take four ve­hi­cles be­fore he re­alised that there was a car in front of him that was turn­ing right, thereby block­ing his way.

“When he tried to avoid hit­ting the turn­ing ve­hi­cle, he veered off the road and bat­tled to con­trol the it for about 200m. The ve­hi­cle then hit a bridge be­fore rolling about three times. The ve­hi­cle had five pas­sen­gers on board, three fe­males and two males. One male pas­sen­ger died on the spot while oth­ers had mul­ti­ple frac­tures. The in­jured were fer­ried to Gweru Pro­vin­cial Hospi­tal,” said a wit­ness.

The driver who was turn­ing right into Con­nemara Open Prison said he in­di­cated in time to show other mo­torists that he wanted to turn.

“There were about four ve­hi­cles be­hind us and then came a speed­ing ve­hi­cle in­tend­ing to over­take us. But I was al­ready turn­ing and to avoid us, he went off the road and tried to con­trol the ve­hi­cle with­out suc­cess,” she said.

“The Zim­babwe Prisons and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices of­fi­cers sta­tioned at Con­nemara prison were the first to rush to the scene of ac­ci­dent to as­sist the sur­vivors. Mem­bers of the Air Force of Zim­babwe also came to the scene to help.” — @pchi­tumba1

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