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Kombi accident kills 5

by Post Reporter
25 May 2013 at 12:31hrs | Views
FIVE people were killed - four of them on the spot, while five others sustained serious injuries last week after a speeding Isuzu Como omnibus burst its rear tyre and overturned along the Chivhu-Nyazura Road.

The vehicle hit bridge side rails, throwing some of the passengers onto the river bed.

Acting Manicaland provincial police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Muzodiwa Clean, said the kombi which was being driven by Mathew Masunga (29) had 12 passengers on board.

"On approaching Mhare River, the left rear tyre burst, resulting in the vehicle swerving to the right. It then swerved to the left before hitting the bridge. Some of the passengers were thrown into the river. The vehicle then made a U-turn, throwing out passengers," said Asst Insp Clean.

He said the kombi was speeding and urged motorists to observe recommended speed limits.

"The driver was speeding and failed to control the vehicle. If he was not speeding he could have controlled it and saved people's lives. We urge motorists to observe the recommended speed limits to avoid unnecessary loss of lives.

"Among those thrown in the river, two died on spot, while two others also died on the spot after being thrown out on the tarmac. The other person died upon admission at Murambida Mission Hospital. Five others sustained serious injuries."

Two of the victims were identified as James Ngoya (48) and Tabeth Ngoya (52).

Police appealed to members of the public who have missing relatives to come and identify the other three bodies.

"Three bodies are still to be identified. Two of the bodies are women, one aged around 20 years, while the other one is around 80 years. The other body of a male is aged around 60," he said.

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Source - manicapost