Kombi from SA kills four in crash

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Nqo­bile Tshili

FOUR peo­ple died on the spot while five oth­ers were in­jured when a Toy­ota Quan­tum they were trav­el­ling in from South Africa burst its left rear tyre be­fore ram­ming into a tree at the 110KM peg along the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls high­way yes­ter­day.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred a few kilo­me­tres af­ter In­suza at about 3PM.

A po­lice source said four peo­ple died on the spot while five oth­ers who were in­jured were rushed to St Lukes Hospi­tal.

Most of the ac­ci­dent vic­tims were trav­el­ling to their ru­ral home in Dan­danda, Lu­pane, from South Africa in the Toy­ota Quan­tum which was pulling a loaded trailer.

When a Chron­i­cle news crew ar­rived at the scene of the ac­ci­dent at about 5PM, bod­ies of the ac­ci­dent vic­tims had not been re­moved from the scene, with po­lice of­fi­cers con­duct­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Wit­nesses said some peo­ple were trapped in the ve­hi­cle and were res­cued by passersby be­fore the ar­rival of the Fire Bri­gade from Bulawayo.

The in­jured were rushed to St Lukes Hospi­tal by an am­bu­lance from the same hospi­tal.

The Bulawayo Fire Bri­gade ar­rived at the scene af­ter 5PM.

One of the crew who sur­vived the ac­ci­dent, Mr Brian Ncube, nar­rated how the ac­ci­dent oc­curred.

“The driver lost con­trol of the ve­hi­cle af­ter it burst its left rear tyre be­fore crash­ing onto a tree. Most of the pas­sen­gers were com­ing from South Africa head­ing to their ru­ral home Dan­danda in Lu­pane,” he said.

Mr Ncube, who was vis­i­bly shocked, said he could not re­mem­ber the num­ber of peo­ple who were in their ve­hi­cle.

“I can’t re­mem­ber the num­ber of peo­ple who were in the ve­hi­cle maybe they were 10,” he said.

Mr Ncube said among the de­ceased was a hitch hiker whom they had just picked who was on her way to Lu­pane with her child.

“The only per­son who was not com­ing from South Africa was a woman who died on the spot while the child was among those who were rushed to the hospi­tal. The driver and I are lucky to be alive. We were thrown out of the car,” said the shaken Mr Ncube.

Some wit­nesses said they found the ve­hi­cle’s trailer hang­ing from tree braches with its goods scat­tered on the ground.—@nqot­shili.

The wreck­age of the kombi which crashed along the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls high­way yes­ter­day

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