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Kombi kills 4 children, 8 perish in Masvingo

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FOUR children, all under 14 years of age, died on the spot while two others were seriously injured when they were hit by a speeding commuter omnibus in Nyanga on Wednesday.

REPORT BY OBEY MANAYITI/TATENDA CHITAGU

It was once again a dark week on Zimbabwe’s roads as eight more people died in three separate road accidents in Masvingo in a space of two days, while 22 others were seriously injured. Manicaland police assistant spokesperson Assistant Inspector Muzondiwa Clean confirmed the Nyanga accident.

He said at around 12 midday on the fateful day, the speeding driver Robi Chinobva (46) tried to overtake at high speed.

He failed to control the vehicle. It veered off the road to the right side and ploughed into six pedestrians.

Four of the pedestrians died on the spot while two are still admitted at Hauna Hospital.

Police managed to identify the deceased as Prayer Muyambi (11), Clayton Mushonga (11), Known Ranjisi (14) and Antoneta Chapanduka (11). In Masvingo eight people died in three separate road accidents in a space of two days this week, leaving 22 others seriously injured, police said yesterday.

Masvingo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Peter Zhanero said four died in a commuter omnibus accident along the deadly Masvingo-Beitbridge Highway on Tuesday, while the other four died in two more crashes the following day.

He said the Kombi burst its rear tyre at the 198 kilometer peg heading to Beitbridge, killing three passengers on the spot while another one died on admission at Beitbridge Hospital. Twenty one other passengers were seriously injured.

In the second accident, a Toyota Noah hit and killed a five-year-old boy who attempted to cross the Bikita-Zaka road at the eight km peg on Wednesday.

The third accident which claimed three more happened on the same day along the Takavarasha-Denga road in Chivi after a Ford Ranger twin cab burst its rear tyre, hit some trees and killed three on the spot.

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