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9 perish in kombi crash

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At least nine people died and 25 others injured, some of them critically, in a horrific accident in which a 32-seater commuter omnibus crashed into a Nissan UD truck along Simon Mazorodze Road yesterday morning.

Seven people died on the spot while two died in hospital.

The accident occurred at the flyover just after Mupedzanhamo Flea Market at about 9am.

Four of the deceased were adults while three were infants.

Unconfirmed reports said a man lost his wife and two children in the accident.

The driver of the kombi, who was said to have been speeding, failed to negotiate a curve and rode over the isle separating the lanes before ramming into the truck which was heading in the opposite direction head-on.

He is believed to have been among the people who died on the spot.

Scores of people gathered at the scene of the accident and police had difficulty controlling them to avoid more accidents.

Several people were seen helping fire brigade crews in the rescue efforts even though they did not have gloves or any other protective clothing.

The front part of the kombi was mangled and its roof had collapsed trapping passengers inside.

Survivors were rushed to Parirenyatwa and Harare hospitals and bodies of the deceased were taken to Parirenyatwa.

Speaking at the scene of the accident, national traffic police spokesman

Inspector Tigere Chigome said preliminary indications had revealed the driver of the commuter omnibus was speeding. “

The commuter omnibus driver failed to negotiate the curve and went onto the lane of oncoming traffic.

On seeing the commuter omnibus approaching, the driver of the truck stopped but the commuter omnibus crashed into his vehicle,” he said.

“Four adults and three infants died and several people were injured in the accident.”

Chigome could not give the number of people who were injured although witnesses said the omnibus was full and even had standing passengers.

The accident caused congestion along the road after the police blocked part of the road to ensure smooth rescue operations.

Witnesses blamed the accident on human error saying the omnibus driver was driving so fast he failed to reduce speed at the curve.

A survivor Jane Masengeri from Glen View 3 said from her hospital bed at Parirenyatwa Hospital last night that the kombi driver was speeding and had earlier diverted from his route to evade a roadblock near Southerton Police Station.

“I cannot remember how the accident happened. I just regained consiousness in this hospital bed. I have also been told that my nephew with whom I was in the kombi is now admitted at Harare Central Hospital,” said Masengeri.

About 1 200 people have perished on the country’s roads so far this year.

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