Three people, including two pupils on their way to Glen Norah High 1 School, died when they were crushed by the trailer of a cross-border bus that unhooked and veered off the road in Glen Norah B, Harare, yesterday morning.
The bus owned by a local company, Jarax, was on its way from South Africa towing a trailer that was loaded with goods. National police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident and said investigations were still in progress.
“The bus was moving along a road in Glen Norah B near Farai Bar when the trailer suddenly moved off the hook and hit two pupils who were going to school and a male adult. One child and the male adult died on the spot, while the other child died at a local hospital,” he said. Chief Supt Nyathi said it was disturbing that lives were continuing to be lost due to accidents, especially those involving long-distance buses.
“Long-distance buses are offloading goods and passengers in residential areas, contrary to provisions of the Road Motor Transportation Act and the Road Traffic Act. Bus operators and their crews should stick to the terms of their permits. We are still investigating this unfortunate incident,” Chief Supt Nyathi said.