|4 perish in bus crash|
|Friday, 04 May 2012 00:00|
Transport was travelling from Beitbridge to Zvishavane with 70 people including the crew when the accident occurred at the 120km peg at around 3:45am.
Out of the 17 people, who were injured, seven of them were in a very critical condition and transferred to Masvingo General Hospital where they are detained. The deceased were taken to Masvingo General Hospital mortuary. Masvingo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Tinaye Matake yesterday said 10 people escaped with minor injuries and were treated and discharged at Neshuro Hospital in Mwenezi yesterday.
“The Zijena bus was coming from Beitbridge and on approaching the 120-kilometre peg along the Masvingo-Beitbridge Highway it rammed a stationary haulage truck that was along the road resulting in some passengers who were seated on the left side the bus sustaining fatal cuts as a result of the impact,’’ he said.
Insp Matake reiterated the need for drivers, especially, long distance buses to exercise extreme caution and reduce chances of unnecessary loss of life on the country’s major highways.
The Zijena bus accident comes a few weeks after another crash along the Masvingo-Beitbridge where a Megalink cross-border coach killed 21 people after it veered off the road and hit a treenear Ngundu Growth point.
Transport, Communications and Infrastructural Development permanent secretary Mr Partson Mbiriri has already warned long distance bus operators to stick to their travelling time tables or risk censure from Government.