Arusha Times (Arusha)

12 January 2013

Tanzania: Babati Road Accident Kills Three, Injures 18

Three people died and 18 injured in Babati District, Manyara after an accident which involved three vehicles on January 6.

Confirming the incident, the Regional Police Commander for Manyara Region, Mr. Akili Mpwapwa said that the accident occurred at 07:00 p.m. at the escarpment of Kiongozi Hill in Babati District.

Mr. Mpwapwa said in the accident a Fuso truck with registration number T 795 AGB, coming from Singida and heading to Arusha knocked two passenger vehicles.

He said the source of accident was the Fuso truck brake failure. It knocked a Toyota Hiace commuting between Babati and Magugu townships and a bus with registration number T 827 coming from Arusha.

Mr. Mpwapwa mentioned the deceased as Habiba Shaban (23) of Majengo

Arusha, Hamis Ramadhani (34) of Babati and Marcus Andrew (46) of Arusha.

The injured victims are Godness Jerome (34) teacher, Salvatory Shayo (23) student of Nyungu, Steven Akyoo (34) businessman of Babati, Salima Shoo (34) businesswoman of Babati and Elibariki Samweli (32 ), Daniel Baa (33) peasant of Babati and Elibariki Kisaka (21), businessman of Babati.

Other victims were Julius Mathayo (31), a carpenter of Babati, Odetha Julius (17), peasant of Bukoba, Jesca Rwechungura (34), Resident of Galapo, Paulo Mifunye (20), Bus Conductor of Katesh, Yasin Khatibu (20) driver of Katesh, Feisal Jamali (13) Rashid Jamali (74) Hawa Athumani (30) all residents of Kahama.

The injured passengers in the Toyota Hiace minibus were Fredson Diloi (17). businessman, Pascal Manga (23), Resident of Babati and Hawa Ismail (23) Resident of Oysterbay Area in Babati.

He said the bodies of the deceased were preserved in the Babati District Hospital mortuary while the injured were getting treatment in the same hospital.

"Up to now nobody has been held in connection with the accident since the driver of the truck has not been identified," said Mr. Mpwapwa.

He said that police were still investigating the incident and urged drivers to be careful while driving in order to avoid unnecessary accidents.

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