Six perish in road accidents

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Four people died on the spot and 12 others were seriously injured when the vehicle they were travelling in veered off the road and rolled three times along the Mutare-Masvingo Road last Thursday.

The driver of the Toyota Noah vehicle, Assistant Inspector Ndlovu of Support Unit Changadzi base, was among the deceased.

The vehicle, with 16 people on board crashed at the 40km peg.

Acting Manicaland police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Enock Chishiri confirmed the accident.

“The vehicle was carrying 16 people and it was
travelling from Masvingo to Mutare when its right rear tyre burst. The driver lost control of the speeding car and it veered off the road and overturned. It rolled three times before plunging into a ditch,” said Chishiri.

The injured were rushed to Mutare Provincial Hospital where they were admitted.

Two of the deceased were identified as Zarura Tichaona (32) and Titus Zvakayi (55).

Police are still to identify the fourth person and are appealing to the public to come forward and assist.

Meanwhile two schoolchildren were killed in another accident near Headlands.

The accident happened last Wednesday when Roy Tererai Dube (43) who was driving in a Mazda 626 Cronos hit four schoolchildren from Yorkshire Secondary School who were walking at the roadside.

Police said Dube was speeding and his car veered off the road.

He hit four children who were coming from school. Two of them, Admire Maswera (14) and Patricia Murefu (16), died on the spot.

Two others, Previous Sinikiwe (16) and Sally Masvike (15) were seriously injured.

Police have warned drivers to drive safely to avoid unnecessary loss of life.