THIRTY people died after a Brooklyn Express coach they were traveling in was reduced to ashes when it caught fire in a road accident near West Nicholson in Gwanda last night.
The driver of the bus who escaped with minor burns, Mr Ndabazinhle Sikhosana said the fire started after an explosion which filled the whole bus.
Speaking from the accident scene earlier on Matabeleland South police spokesperson, Chief Inspector Philisani Ndebele said several bodies had been reduced to ashes.
Gwanda Provincial Hospital acting medical superintendent, Dr Rutendo Manyathi said 27 people sustained injuries while three were referred to Bulawayo with severe burns.
Meanwhile Civil Protection Unity director Mr Nathan Nkomo has confirmed the release of $15 000 to the families of the deceased for funeral expenses.
– Sukulwenkosi Dube-Matutu, Gwanda Correspondent and Paidamoyo Chipunza
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