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Kombi accident death toll rises to 18

by Staff reporter
27 Mar 2012 at 08:14hrs | Views
MUTARE - The death toll in the Nyanga commuter omnibus accident involving the Johane Masowe weChishanu Jerusarema members which occurred on Sunday morning has risen to 18 after two more crash victims died at Mutare Provincial Hospital and the bus driver died while being transferred to Harare yesterday.

The three were among the 29 critically injured who were initially admitted at Regina Coeli Hospital before their transfer to Nyanga District Hospital and subsequently to Mutare Provincial Hospital.

Fifteen people died on Sunday after their hired commuter omnibus veered off the road and crashed into a stone embankment along the Nyanga-Nyamaropa Road.

The sect members were going to a church gathering in Kadzere, Nyanga.

Police confirmed the new death toll, but withheld the deceased's identities saying their next of kin were yet to be informed.

The site has become a black spot after 89 students and teachers at Regina Coeli Secondary School perished there after their hired bus crashed in 1991.

Police are still investigating the cause of accident, but preliminary indications pointed to speeding and overloading.

The 26-seater Tafara Nago Tours bus had 44 passengers on board.

Source - newsday

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