Dodoma — EIGHTEEN have died and 56 others injured following a grisly road accident that occurred along the Dodoma-Morogoro Highway at Pandambili in Kongwa District on Wednesday.
Dodoma Regional Police Commander David Misime confirmed the incident that occurred at about 8am along the Morogoro-Dodoma Highway, saying 17 people died on the spot with over 50 others sustaining severe injuries. One passenger, a child, died later in hospital.
He said the accident occurred after a lorry and a bus collided head-on. "In the accident, 17 died on the spot, out of which 12 are men and five are women," he reported.
Mr Misime explained that the accident involved Morobest Bus with registration number T258 AHV which was heading to Dar es Salaam from Mpwapwa District and driven by one Saidi Lusogo and a lorry with registration number T820CKU /T390CKT, which was heading to Dodoma from Dar es Salaam.
According to the RPC, the identified bodies include the lorry's driver, Mikidadi Zuberi, Lusogo and bus conductor Omari Mkubwa. Others include Merina Malikeli, Nasib Machenje, Wilson Suda, Gabriel Mejachiwipe, Justine Makasi and a woman identified as Christina.
"About 56 passengers have sustained injuries and have been admitted at Kongwa District Hospital and Dodoma Regional Hospital.
"The accident seems to have been caused by recklessness on the part of the bus driver who was careless and never took caution regarding vehicles from the opposite direction," Mr Misime told reporters.
He added that the bus overtook recklessly and ended up colliding head-on with the lorry. The 'Daily News' established the names of some of the casualties at the regional hospital here as including Frank Raymond, Patricia Ngamwai, Amos Chiwaga, Mary Mateo, Safari Jonas, Suzan Charles, Gasper Shao, Felician Rite, Felister Mathias, Amos Jonas, Edina Lwande, Seleman Kaseni, Nazareth Kasua and Saimon Msoloka.
Others are Juma Mtezi, Swalehe Bakari, Naseria John, Getruba Kombo, George Njelewa, Manase Makuja, Chibago Mchiwa, Nicholaus Roger and Michael Chibwela.