25 February 2013

Zimbabwe: Seven Die in Accident

Photo: Caroline Mwakio/Allafrica
Road safety.

SEVEN people died on the spot while 23 others were injured at the intersection of Joshua Nkomo (Airport Road) and Dieppe Road in a four-vehicle collision this afternoon. Police spokesperson Superintendent Andrew Phiri confirmed the accident.

"We can confirm that a fatal road accident occurred at the intersection of Dieppe road and Joshua Nkomo. A Jumbo transport haulage truck which was going to the east along Dieppe Road was involved in a three-vehicle collission.

"The haulage truck first hit a land cruiser it was facing at its back then the two commuter omnibuses. "All commuter omnibuses were coming from the east facing the haulage truck.

Seven passengers who died were in the commuter omnibus which was in front while eight of its passengers were injured. The two

commuter omnibuses were carrying 15 passengers each. "Of the deceased there are four adult females, one male adult and two

minors. In the other commuter omnibus all the 15 passengers were injured and were ferried to Parirenyatwa and Harare Hospitals.

The deceased were ferried to Parirenyatwa mortuary. "As police we want to urge motorists to respect traffic signals at

intersections. An amber light indicates that a motorist must prepare to stop.

There is nothing like a late amber," he said. A witness who only identified himself as Peter said the haulage truck encroached into the lane of traffic coming from the opposite direction.

"The truck was nearly involved in a head-on collision with a San Frontiers land cruiser which it later hit at the back. He lost control and failed to stop and ended up landing on top of the commuter omnibus which was coming from the east.

"The bulldozer which is grading the airport road is the one that helped in lifting the haulage truck which had landed on top of the commuter omnibus so that people could be retrieved," he said.

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