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2 people die in a fatal accident

by Staff reporter
17 May 2021 at 17:35hrs | Views
TWO people died and four sustained severe injuries when a Toyota Dyna they were travelling in sideswiped with an Inter Africa bus before overturning at the 204km peg along Masvingo-Mbalabala Road.

Matabeleland South acting police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Thabani Mkhwananzi confirmed the horrific incident which occurred on Thursday at around 1PM. He said the Toyota Dyna was enroute to Mbalabala from Zvishavane with 10 passengers on board.

Asst Insp Mkhwananzi said the deceased are Fidelis Mpofu (30) of Dolo village and Joshua Zhou (19) of Chingechuru village both in Mberengwa district in the Midlands Province. He said Mpofu died on the spot while Zhou died upon admission at Filabusi District Hospital.

"I can confirm that I received report of accident which occurred on Thursday at around 1PM along Masvingo-Mbalabala road involving a Toyota Dyna and Inter Africa bus where one passenger from the private vehicle died on the spot and the other died upon admission at Filabusi District Hospital. Four passengers sustained severe injuries," said Ass Insp Mkhwananzi.

He said four injured passengers are still admitted at Filabusi District Hospital and are in a stable condition.

Ass Insp Mkhwananzi said Mr Oliver Makese from Gwanda was driving a Toyota Dyna with 10 passengers on board following a Toyota Camry. Upon approaching the 204km peg the driver of Toyota Camry held the emergency brake after he saw livestock on the road. He said Mr Makese was speeding and had not maintained a safe following distance.

Mr Makese tried to overtake encroaching the right lane where he avoided a head-on collision with an Inter Africa bus resulting in side swapping. The Bodies of the deceased were ferried to Filabusi District Hospital mortuary awaiting post-mortem.

Asst Insp Mkhwananzi appealed to motorists to adhere to road traffic rules and regulations to save life.

"We would like to urge motorists to conform to road traffic measures to avoid accidents and loss of human life. Road users should also desist from over speeding and overtaking at critical points as this puts lives of passengers at risk," said Asst Insp Mkhwananzi.

Source - chronicle