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Car accident kills 5 on the spot, injures 9

by Staff reporter
11 May 2013 at 04:28hrs | Views
Five people died on the spot while nine others were seriously injured when a Nissan Hard body truck they were travelling in overturned at the 30km peg along the Gokwe-Nemangwe road just outside Gokwe Town Centre on Wednesday morning.

The injured were taken to Gokwe district hospital. A source who spoke to My Zimbabwe said the vehicle, which was carrying Veterinary Department Employees failed to negotiate a steep ascent resulting in it rolling backwards and overturning. The Nissan Hardbody belonged to Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanism and Irrigation Development.

Assistant Midlands provincial police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko said the accident involved a Nissan Hardbody truck with 14 passengers on board.

"The Nissan Hardbody was being driven by Taingana Nyoni (34) towards Gokwe from Siabhuwa when it disengaged gears. It started rolling backwards and landed on its back, trapping five passengers," Mahoko said.

Police identified the deceased as three women, Ms Kudzai Marian Sibanda of Goredema Veterinary Department, Ms Opah Dube of Copper Queen Veterinary Department, Ms Tsungai Maturure of Kuwirirana Veterinary Department and two men, Mr Elia Mashiri (34) of Mtora in Gokwe North and Mr Foster Masiya (33) of Murunguziva Veterinary Department.

Reports say nine more people were also also injured in the accident before being taken to Gokwe South District Hospital. The bodies of the deceased were also taken to Gokwe District hospital mortuary.

The vehicle was reportedly later taken to Vehicle Inspection Department (VID) for inspection and further investigations.

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