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Speeding lorry kills one

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One person died while several others were injured in Chipinge on Sunday when a loaded lorry they were travelling in plunged into a stream after the driver failed to negotiate a curve.

According to the police, the accident happened at the 9km peg along the Chipinge-Eastern Border Road after the driver of the Toyota Dyna lorry with 15 passengers on board failed to negotiate a sharp curve, allegedly due to speeding.

As a result, he reportedly lost control of the vehicle and it swerved off the road before overturning twice, landing on the stream.

Police yesterday identified the deceased as Charles Humburi (26).

Manicaland police spokesperson Inspector Enock Chishiri said speeding was to blame for the accident.

“Circumstances into this accident are that the driver of this Dyna lorry with 15 passengers on board was speeding in a curved road.

“Upon reaching a sharp curve he failed to negotiate it, resulting in the vehicle overturning twice.

“It subsequently landed on its wheels in a stream,” Chishiri said.

Injured passengers were taken to Chipinge General Hospital where Humburi died on admission.

Chishiri added that some were treated and discharged, while two others were in a critical condition.

This accident came barely two weeks after a loaded lorry, again in Chipinge, with 26 passengers on board plunged into a bridge and killed 10 people.

Meanwhile, police have warned drivers to be cautious on roads, especially as the Heroes holidays draw closer.

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