Truck rams road­block, in­jures 7

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Michael Magoronga Mid­lands Cor­re­spon­dent

SEVEN peo­ple in­clud­ing a traf­fic po­lice of­fi­cer were in­jured while six ve­hi­cles were ex­ten­sively dam­aged af­ter a truck driver rammed into ve­hi­cles at a road­block near Kwekwe along Bu­l­awayo-Harare High­way.

The truck whose brakes failed as it ap­proached the road­block, col­lided head-on with an on­com­ing ve­hi­cle and then crashed into ve­hi­cles that had been stopped by po­lice at the road­block.

Wit­nesses said the truck ploughed into ve­hi­cles that were be­ing at­tended to by po­lice of­fi­cers at the road­block re­sult­ing in a pile up.

Deputy Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing Kwekwe District su­per­in­ten­dent Kingston Mushawem­biri con­firmed the in­ci­dent and said the in­jured were fer­ried to Kwekwe District Hospi­tal.

“On De­cem­ber 21 at around 2:35PM, Luck­more Mbo­fana was driv­ing a 7- tonne truck along the Harare –Bu­l­awayo high­way to­wards Kwekwe.

“Upon ap­proach­ing the 216 kilo­me­tre peg where there was a po­lice road­block, Mbo­fana whose truck was car­ry­ing steel bars, failed to stop the ve­hi­cle af­ter its brakes failed,” said Supt Mushawem­biri.

He said Mbo­fana’s truck col­lided head-on with an on­com­ing ve­hi­cle be­fore ram­ming into other ve­hi­cles that had been stopped by po­lice at the road­block. There was a pile up which re­sulted in peo­ple be­ing in­jured and ve­hi­cles dam­aged.

“Con­sta­ble Ton­derai Dapira who was man­ning the road­block was hit by drums and he sus­tained in­juries on his left leg and bruises all over the body. He is ad­mit­ted to Kwekwe Hospi­tal where he is said to be in a sta­ble con­di­tion,” said Supt Mushawem­biri.

The other six are said to have been treated and dis­charged at the same hospi­tal on the same day.

Supt Mushawem­biri said Ve­hi­cle In­spec­tion Depart­ment (VID) of­fi­cers were still car­ry­ing out in­ves­ti­ga­tions and fur­ther in­for­ma­tion would be re­leased in due course.

Mean­while, in Mbizo, a woman who was wait­ing to board com­muter om­nibus died upon ad­mis­sion to Kwekwe Hospi­tal af­ter she was hit by a ve­hi­cle that veered off the road.

Po­lice con­firmed the death of Ms Theodora Mushoriwa af­ter be­ing hit by a ve­hi­cle as she waited for trans­port to work.

She has since been buried at Msasa Park Ceme­tery.

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