8 killed in bus, tanker crash
Freedom Mupanedemo Midlands Bureau
Eight people were killed while 31 were injured when a Zupco bus collided head on with a tanker at the 168km peg along the Harare-Bulawayo highway around 1am yesterday.
Seven of those who died were in the bus and included a relief driver, who passengers said had just handed over the wheel after driving all the way from Plumtree.
The conductor and some passengers who occupied the front seats were part of the deceased.
The tanker driver who was alone was crushed to death on impact. It is suspected that the tanker driver could have dozed and encroached onto an oncoming lane, resulting in the horrific accident.
The injured were admitted to Kadoma District Hospital.
Mr Luckson Mutendi said the Zupco bus left Plumtree around 8pm.
“It was a smooth journey all the way from Plumtree until the tragedy. We had no problems with the driver. He was driving well. The driver who was involved in the accident had just relieved the other driver in Kwekwe and was not speeding at all.
“It was very unfortunate that this haulage truck driver could have dozed off and it was on a curve and he encroached onto our lane and it was a bang followed by screams of death, very traumatising to experience.”
Mr Mutendi who was seated at the back said he jumped out of the bus on impact.
“I saw people dying. It’s an experience which will haunt me forever,” said Mr Mutendi.
Another witness, Mr Patrick Chiuzhe said he reacted to the bang of the accident together with some villagers.
“We rushed to the scene in the dead of the night. We waited for nearly two hours until the first ambulance arrived, but some lives had already been lost,” he said.