18 injured in commuter bus accident


Eight people were seriously injured yesterday after a commuter omnibus they were travelling in rammed into another that had stopped to pick up passengers along the Chitungwiza Road.
Ten other passengers sustained minor injuries and were taken to Chitungwiza Hospital for treatment and discharged.
Those seriously injured were detained at the hospital.
Chitungwiza Hospital chief executive office, Obadiah Moyo, said: “Eighteen people were injured and eight seriously. Ten have been treated and discharged while eight are still receiving treatment.”
The accident comes hard on the heels of another accident along the Harare-Bulawayo road in which 19 people perished.
In that incident, two buses rammed into a broken down haulage truck at the 81km peg a week ago
Meanwhile, thieves went on a looting spree at the horror crash stealing televisions sets and refrigerators from cross border traders involved in the accident.
While people from the nearby communities rushed to assist the accident victims some unscrupulous individuals took advantage of the chaos and looted goods, mostly electrical gadgets.
Of the 19 killed, 13 died on the spot with the other four on their way to Chegutu General Hospital.
One other person died at Selous Clinic and another at Parirenyatwa Hospital.
Witnesses said people could be seen carrying damaged television sets and other electrical gadgets.
Most people travelling in one of the buses were cross-border traders on their way from Botswana.
“It was still dark when the accident occurred and people from nearby houses came to assist but others were carried property from the scene,” said a survivor.
Police spokesperson chief superintendent Oliver Mandipaka said they were unaware goods worth thousands of dollars were looted at the accident scene.
The police, however, managed to collect the remainder of the goods and took them to Chegutu police station for safe keeping.
Reports of looting on scenes of accidents are said to be on the increase in Zimbabwe.