Bel­mont bus crash kills 1, 23 injured

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqo­bile Tshili Chron­i­cle Cor­re­spon­dent

ONE per­son died while 23 oth­ers were injured af­ter a Ku­rai bus veered off the road and over­turned in Bu­l­awayo’s Bel­mont in­dus­trial area on Wed­nes­day night.

The bus, which was trav­el­ling from Botswana and bound for Harare, veered off the road near Dat­labs along Plumtree Road af­ter a kombi made a sud­den stop in front of it.

Among the sur­vivors were in­fants aged be­tween nine months and four years old. No one from the kombi was injured. Bu­l­awayo Chief Fire Of­fi­cer Mr Richard Peter­son blamed the ac­ci­dent on neg­li­gent driv­ing by the com­muter om­nibus driver who made a sud­den stop in front of the bus to pick up a pas­sen­ger.

“In a bid to avoid the kombi, the bus veered off the road, crossed the dou­ble road car­riage and over­turned near Dat­labs. A male aged 28 died on the spot while the other pas­sen­gers sus­tained mi­nor in­juries,” he said.

Mr Peter­son said 20 pas­sen­gers, six fe­males and 14 males were taken to the United Bu­l­awayo Hos­pi­tals for treat­ment.

“There were six fe­males be­tween the ages of four and 44-years-old and 14 males be­tween the ages of nine months and 43 years old who were rushed to UBH for treat­ment. The pas­sen­gers were not se­ri­ously injured as most of them suf­fered soft tis­sue tear­ing,” he said.

The bus driver and two other pas­sen­gers re­fused to be taken to hospi­tal.

Mr Peter­son ex­pressed con­cern over neg­li­gent driv­ing by kombi crews say­ing some ac­ci­dents could be avoided.—@nqot­shili.

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