MIDLANDS — Eight people died and 12 others were seriously injured after a commuter omnibus they were travelling in burst its rear tyre and rolled five times along the Nembudzia-Sanyati Road on Sunday morning.
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Midlands acting police spokesperson Sergeant Tandiwe Khumalo said four passengers died on the spot while four others, including the kombi driver, died on admission at Sanyati and Kadoma hospitals.
“A Nissan Caravan (omnibus) which had 19 passengers and was traveling towards Kadoma driven by Frank Lupiya (45) of Pfupajena, Chegutu, burst its left rear tyre resulting in the vehicle overturning five times before landing on its wheels,” she said.
Khumalo said most of the injured passengers were still admitted at Sanyati and Kadoma hospitals where they were nursing injuries, while the deceased’s bodies were still awaiting postmortem.
Police declined to disclose names of some of the deceased saying their next of kin had not yet been informed.
The accident occurred a day after five people were also killed and 18 others injured when a commuter omnibus they were travelling in collided with an on-coming truck after the driver attempted to overtake another vehicle along the Karoi-Magunje Road on Friday night.
The driver of a Magunje-bound Mazda Bongo kombi tried to overtake another omnibus when it collided with an on-coming haulage truck near Chiduzhwi, 10km after Karoi. Four people died on the spot while the fifth died on admission to Karoi General Hospital.
Four of the dead have been identified as the driver David Innocent (23) and passengers, Founder Chanetsa (34), Lovemore Bamusi (17) and Shupikai Mudyiwa (30). The other person is yet at been identified.
Of the injured, three were transferred to Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare while 14 were by yesterday still admitted at Karoi General Hospital.