UPDATED: 6 students perish as school bus veers off road and overturns in Nyanga; 39 hospitalised with injuries

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By Staff Reporter

POLICE have confirmed the death of 6 students – five girls and one boy – after a school bus veered off the road and overtured in Nyanga Friday evening.

The Tyndall High School students from Harare were travelling to the eastern resort town of Nyanga when tragedy struck around 1900 hours at the 75km peg along the Rusape-Nyanga road.

“The bus driver allegedly failed to negotiate a sharp curve resulting in the bus rolling several times on a steep slop; it then landed on its roof,” the ZRP said in a statement.

“Thirty nine other students and staff members were injured and are admitted at Nyanga District Hospital and Victoria Chitepo Provincial Hospital (in Mutare). The bus had 46 occupants.”

Nyanga South legislator, Supa Mandiwanzira, commended quick reactions by emergency services and members of the local community which he said “made a huge difference”.