Pi­rate taxi driver cheats death

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Whins­ley Masara Chron­i­cle Re­porter

A PI­RATE taxi driver in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day cheated death af­ter he lost con­trol of a Toy­ota Vitz he was driv­ing while talk­ing on the cell­phone.

The ve­hi­cle ca­reened off Leopold Takawira Street onto a pave­ment at the Centenary Park be­fore rolling once and land­ing on its roof.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred at around 12 noon as the ve­hi­cle headed to­wards Ascot Shop­ping Cen­tre. The driver was iden­ti­fied as Stan­ford Ncube (22). On­look­ers told The Chron­i­cle pedes­tri­ans scat­tered in dif­fer­ent direc­tions as the ve­hi­cle went out of con­trol on the pave­ment. They said Ncube strug­gled to con­trol the ve­hi­cle for about 50 me­tres be­fore it over­turned.

Witnesses said Ncube ini­tially vi­o­lently re­sisted at­tempts to get him into an am­bu­lance say­ing he was not in­jured. “Mirac­u­lously, he re­ally seemed un­scathed,” said a wit­ness. Bu­l­awayo Met­ro­pol­i­tan Province act­ing po­lice spokesper­son As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Abed­nico Ncube con­firmed the ac­ci­dent.

“We re­ceived a re­port of a man who lost con­trol of his ve­hi­cle and was in­volved in an ac­ci­dent. He sus­tained mi­nor in­juries on his hand and was fer­ried to hospi­tal.”

Asst Insp Ncube urged mo­torists to ex­er­cise ut­most cau­tion on the roads. “As we ap­proach the fes­tive sea­son, we are urg­ing the pub­lic to ex­er­cise cau­tion to curb the in­creas­ing rates of road ac­ci­dents,” he said.

A wit­ness, Mr Ian Dlula, said Ncube was on the phone when he en­croached onto the other lane.

“When he re­alised he was en­croach­ing onto the other lane, he tried to con­trol the ve­hi­cle but failed, go­ing to­tally off the road. He failed to con­trol it and he later said his steer­ing some­how jammed and the car slid off onto the pave­ment,” he said.

Mr Dlula said Ncube is em­ployed by a cou­ple which stays in Cow­dray Park.

He said Ncube was rush­ing to Kil­lar­ney to pick up some­one when the ac­ci­dent oc­curred. — @win­nie_­masara

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