MASVINGO — Police in Masvingo yesterday said the charred remains of two people who were burnt beyond recognition in a bus accident along the Masvingo-Beitbridge Road last week have not yet been identified.
Acting provincial police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Nkululeko Nduna said the two female bodies were still lying unclaimed at the Masvingo General Hospital mortuary.
“We are appealing to people who have their relatives missing who knew that they had travelled to South Africa to come forward and try to identify them as all their identification documents or any leads were destroyed by the inferno,” Nduna said.
“We feel they should get a decent burial, hence we are calling on their relatives to come and claim the bodies. If they lie unclaimed for long, we will have no option, but to give them a pauper’s burial.”
The two were part of the six passengers who died on the spot after a Kingswin bus they were travelling in sideswiped a haulage truck before both vehicles burst in flames.
The accident, which also left 19 others seriously injured, occurred at the 59km peg along the Masvingo-Beitbridge Road at Sese in Chivi.
The bus was travelling from Beitbridge towards Masvingo while the cotton lint-laden truck was en-route to Johannesburg, South Africa.