One dies in bus-car head-on col­li­sion

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Opinion/national News - Thu­peyo Mu­leya

ONE per­son was killed while two others were in­jured in a head-on col­li­sion in­volv­ing a VW Jetta and a bus near Mazunga area along the Bu­l­awayo — Beit­bridge road on Sun­day morn­ing.

Sixty four pas­sen­gers who were in the South African regis­tered Delta bus es­caped un­hurt, while the de­ceased and the in­jured were trav­el­ling in the VW Jetta.

e bus was trav­el­ing to Bu­l­awayo while the pri­vate car was head­ing to­wards Beit­bridge.

Mata­bele­land South po­lice spokesper­son, In­spec­tor Philisani Nde­bele said they sus­pect that both the bus and car were speed­ing.

He iden­ti­fied the de­ceased as Mmongameli Mpofu (44) of Silo­bela un­der Chief Si­mana.

“In­di­ca­tions are the bus and car were trav­el­ling in op­po­site di­rec­tions and they had a head-on col­li­sion at the 27km peg along the Bu­l­awayo-Beit­bridge road.

“As a re­sult Mpofu died in­stantly while two other pas­sen­gers were in­jured. Those from the bus were un­hurt.

“The de­ceased’s body was taken to Beit­bridge district hospi­tal mor­tu­ary pend­ing a post­mortem, while the in­jured are ad­mit­ted to the same hospi­tal,”he said.

Insp Nde­bele said they were wor­ried with the high num­ber of road ac­ci­dents at­trib­uted to hu­man er­ror.

He said po­lice would be out in full force to deal with traf­fic of­fend­ers dur­ing the Easter hol­i­days.

Insp Nde­bele warned mo­torists against driv­ing un­road­wor­thy ve­hi­cles and to al­ways ex­er­cise cau­tion to avoid the un­nec­es­sary loss of life.

“We are aware there are peo­ple who dur­ing ma­jor hol­i­days try their luck by bring­ing un­road­wor­thy ve­hi­cles on the roads. Let them be warned that they risk pros­e­cu­tion and that we will im­pound all such ve­hi­cles,”said Insp Nde­bele.

The stretch between Makhado and Mtetengwe along the Bu­l­away­oBeit­bridge road un­der which Mazunga falls has be­come a death trap be­cause of the bad state of the road in that area.

Over 10 peo­ple were killed in ac­ci­dents around that area in 2016.

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