By Staff Reporter
SEVEN people died on the spot after a freak accident involving two buses from the same company, Thursday police said.
In a statement, police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said the two long-distances buses side-swiped around the 100km peg along the Harare-Masvingo highway which is notorious for fatal crushes.
“The ZRP would like to confirm the death of seven people in a fatal road traffic accident which occurred at the 98km peg along the Harare-Masvingo road near Pimbi River on 23rd August 2018 at around 0012 hours,” Charamba said.
The Masvingo-Harare highway has become a death-trap as government continues to dither over a plan to dualism it.
A deal meant for the project with an Austrian company Geiger collapsed following the removal of former President Robert Mugabe amid claims his wife former First Lady Grace had sought to benefit from tenders around the project.
Transport minister Joram Gumbo has also been implicated in the dodgy deals around the road expansion project.
According to Charamba the two buses had both veered off the road resulting in fatalities.
“Circumstances are that two buses all from Jarax Bus Company were travelling on the same road one from Harare towards Masvingo with 57 passengers on board and the other from Masvingo to Harare withy 11 passengers,” she said.
“On approaching the 98km peg the driver of the bus travelling from Masvingo encroached onto the lane of the oncoming bus resulting in a side swipe.
“The bus from Masvingo veered off the road to the right, overturned once and landed on its right side.”
Charamba added; “The one from Harare also veered off the road to the left and landed on its wheels.
“As a result of the accident, seven people died on the spot and the bodies were ferried to Chivhu General Hospital mortuary.
“Eight passengers were seriously injured and referred to Chivhu General Hospital for treatment.”
Police urged drivers to be cautious on the road.