Pictures: Seven die in Chitungwiza kombi crash

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The scene of the accident.

SEVEN people died on the spot this morning while four were seriously injured when the driver of a commuter omnibus lost control and rammed into a tree at Chinhamo shops along the Seke Road.

The Chitungwiza-bound commuter omnibus was coming from Harare.

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The bodies were taken to Parirenyatwa Hospital mortuary while the injured were referred Chitungwiza General Hospital.
Police National Traffic Operations, Assistant Commissioner Shelton Dube confirmed the accident.

More details to follow.

Warning: This post contains GRAPHIC CONTENT. Images may be disturbing to some.

A man lies dead a the scene of the accident along Chitungwiza Road that has so far claimed the life of seven people.
A man lies dead a the scene of the accident along Chitungwiza Road that has so far claimed the life of seven people.
A police officer inspects the scene.
A police officer inspects the scene.
A portrait of a woman and child lies next to the body of a man who died on the spot when the driver of the commuter omnibus he was travelling in lost control and hit a tree.
A portrait of a woman and child lies next to the body of a man who died on the spot when the driver of the commuter omnibus he was travelling in lost control and hit a tree.
A police officer controls a crowd that had gathered at the scene of the accident.
A police officer controls a crowd that had gathered at the scene of the accident.
A man lies dead the scene of the accident.
A man lies dead the scene of the accident.
The scene of the accident.
The scene of the accident.
The scene of the accident where seven people died.
The scene of the accident where seven people died.
The destination plate that was presumably displaced on the windscreen of the commuter omnibus.
The destination plate that was displayed on the windscreen of the commuter omnibus.
Members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police carry the body of one of the seven people that died on the spot.
Members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police carry the body of a man at the scene of the accident.

45 COMMENTS

  1. Police must put more road blocks.Do not listen to these uneducated kombi drivers, some of them do not even know how to write their names and what about reading road signs and obeying traffic regulations.

  2. Zvakaoma hazvo,makombi anotipedza chokwadi, vana vadiki vasina ruzivo rwakakwana vari kunzi tyairai mota dzinotakura vanhu.

    • Old Man Gee, this happened today in the morning. May all the victims RIP and their families be comforted. It’s so sad.

  3. Zvinorwadza ma driver ema kombi must be 35years and above kwete pwere idzi dzinenge dzakadhakwa ne bronco.

    • Many cars have rammed into that tree and the tree remains intact.That tree should be cut off up to the tap root.

      • the tree is not the problem, the drivers are. why speed at such a curve and apa pakatoiswa masigns akanzi high accident zone. kunyangwe ukatemwa those who just speed do face the same as what befell this careless driver who had earlier on been given a ticket for speeding on this fateful day. He also has a case of an accident in which he killed someone so ane mhosva muti here kana kuti driver?

  4. Its so sad, reckless driving is costing so many lives everyday. My condolences to the families of the deceased. May their souls rest in peace

  5. Nematambudziko. Pasi hariguti veduwe. Saka ivo mapurisa vanga vachingoposhera mitumbi mutruck zvavo votobaya? hakunawo mabody bags here? zvinosiririsa.

  6. macamera emaphones varikusiririswa here nhai? shame wehave to be descplined zvimwe topedzisira takutumira hama dzevasangana nedambudziko. ZVOTYISA HAMA DZANGU.

  7. if the potrait is of his wife and child may they accept that mwari wanoita kuda kwawo, and we are with them during this difficult moment. MWEYA WAVO NEVEVATENDERI VOSE VAKAFA NGAIZORORE MURUGARE NE TSITSI DZAMWARI……

  8. BAN ALL COMBIES AND REPLACE THEM WITH CONVENTIONAL BUSES DRIVEN BY MATURE ADULTS.

    AGAIN THANK YOU NEWSDAY ONLINE EDITORIAL ,YOUR PICTURES TELL MORE THAN A STORY. KEEP IT UP

  9. Police this, Police that, was the driver being chased by the Police? Police is there to enforce the law. Citizens of this country have to respect the law and those who enforces it. Death is inevitable but this one would not have been had it been that the Police was carrying out its constitutional mandate protecting lives…am really disgusted by the grisly sight!

    • mapurisa airega munhu asina ma paper akakwana everyday vachingodya mari zvavo….. Vakomana kudenga vanhu vachabvunzwa naMwari vaneropa mumaoko… they contributed indirectly coz vairega munhu….

  10. zvakaoma toitasei with these comb drivers.Please can the government do something please.Zvinorwadza someone has left innocent kids who needs school fees.very sad

  11. It’s really bad.Most of the young kombi drivers take drugs b4 going for duty,loud music that disturbs your nerves.Please prefer to board buses or kombi’s driven by mature drivers. If you feel the speed is too much ask him to reduce or just drop.Mhuri dzosara dziri nherera here nekuda kuenda.

  12. For as long as there are kombis on the roads carrying commuters in cities such tragic incidents will continue. Every week there are tragic stories of kombi deaths. Before 1980 the governments had zero tolerance of kombis. You could not see a single kombi on the roads. There were very safe, clean and efficient bus transport systems in the urban areas before 1980. These abominable kombis should be done away with. A government’s main duty is the protection of its citizens from harm and this illegitimate regime is not doing that. Why should this government assign private kombi operators to transport people? Kombi operators invariably cut corners to make as much profit a they can by doing as many trips as possible at breakneck speed at times in vehicles which are dodgy. What annoys me is that in stable countries with much bigger populations there are efficient bus transport systems but a relatively small country like Zimbabwe is unable to do what the whites did before 1980. Why do these morons clamour to govern when they are unable to organise basic basic things like efficient transport system for urban workers? Some of us lived a good part of our lives in a kombi-free country where public transport accidents were few and far between.

  13. Lord have mercy. i think this should always be an awakening point in life that most combis from chitungwiza really chase the wind. at some point in time when i boarded one my heart raced in fear of my life.we only took 8 minutes to town and the effort of complaining ddnt bear anything bcoz the driver said he was late for some more pickings. PLEASE drive safely,this is not good for the families who have lost their loved ones
    Rest In Peace beloved ones

  14. For as long as there are kombis on the roads carrying commuters in cities such tragic incidents will continue. Every week there are tragic stories of kombi deaths. Before 1980 the governments had zero tolerance of kombis. You could not see a single kombi on the roads. There were very safe, clean and efficient bus transport systems in the urban areas before 1980. These abominable kombis should be done away with. A government’s main duty is the protection of its citizens from harm and this illegitimate regime is not doing that. Why should this government as*ign private kombi operators to transport people? Kombi operators invariably cut corners to make as much profit a they can by doing as many trips as possible at breakneck speed at times in vehicles which are dodgy. What annoys me is that in stable countries with much bigger populations there are efficient bus transport systems but a relatively small country like Zimbabwe is unable to do what the whites did before 1980. Why do these morons clamour to govern when they are unable to organise basic basic things like efficient transport system for urban workers? Some of us lived a good part of our lives in a kombi-free country where public transport accidents were few and far between.

    • PEOPLE WHO ARE SO CALLED MAHWINDI ,THEY ARE A MENACE TO THE SOCIETY. THEY DONT RESPECT OHERS ACCORDING TO OUR NORMS. ONAI MAPEDZA MA INNOCENT SOULS, THATS PAINITIOUS MY BRETHRENS. POLICE AND VID THEY ARE CORRECT BUT THE CHALLEGE ,VAMWE VANHU VASINA KUDZIDZA. LOOK AT THE INCIDFENT YE COMBI YAKATSIKA MWANA, MAVA KUSHORA MAPURISA INSTEAD OF THESE WINDIS. BRONCO IS ANOTHER CAUSER OF ACCIDENTS PLIZ POLICE DO SOMETHING PAKUDHAKWA NOKUDRIVER

  15. Your first sentence introducing the story is wrongly worded.It should read the “bodies of the injured ”
    not “body’s”

  16. My deepest condolences to the families. @that same tree have claimed a lot of lifes #those trees must be cut down

  17. Zvakawoma hazvo better makombi acho arambidzwe kufamba muroad kodzoka mabhazi cz tirikutopera semapiritsi apihwa murwere, pls the police shld increase ma fines avo to atleast 100 kunevemakombi for excess carryiny per person re speed kana kutoriisa pa 500 so that vanoziva zvavanoita

  18. from nw on madriverema kombi ngaafambe nemalicence plus ma o ‘level cetificates…. asina akakwana licence yotorwa… cuz reasoning capacity yemadriver ema kombi iri shallow… 90% of them havana chikoro

  19. This is really unacceptable. This happened just a few moments after I passed through the place. I think
    the driver was travelling at a very high speed and panicked after seeing a police roadblock which was some hundreds meters ahead from that point. It was a very normal police roadblock, now if my suggestion is true, who is to blame? People must desist from carelessly blaming the police presence in our roads, it is (if anything) the Kombi drivers to blame in most cases. To the bereaved families, Ndine hurombo nekurasikirwa kwamaita. May their Souls Rest In Peace .

  20. Well said Musona. If the GVT does no
    have money to establish a transport system-80 pass buses, it could invite investors even from outside to invest in our transport system. This would not only save lives, but also save fuel as the number of buses would be reduced. In the 70s and 80s we had ma Dakota e ZUPCO, which were slow but anga asingauraye vanhu. Please responsible Ministries batsirayi. Let investors come in and remove these combis fro our roads. I own one myself but to me life is more important than money.

  21. This broke my heart and still does, where were the speed traps on this road? The tragedies with these combies has reached a point where it should be declared a state of some kind of emergency and this must compel the relevant authorities to screen combi drivers from our roads and leave the educated ones with mature drivers licenses at least 5 years or more. It must be passed as law, we cannot continue to let innocent people and children suffer and die in the face of such selfishness, barbarism, lawlessness and complete disregard for human life.

  22. Too graphic and wats the point of taking pictures on your cellphone or those guys are also photo-journalists, are they not??? nxaaaaa

  23. its realy sad hama dzangu its high tym we should pray mumweya nemuzvokwadi so that we travel under our God’s protection…………..RIP fellas mwari anoziva nguva

  24. i think nyaya yokutora maphotos haina kunaka lets respect vakafa unonzwa sei iri hama yako ichitenderedzwa nyika yose kunge paitika chakanaka mamwe mapictures anotorwa haana kukodzera

  25. zvakaoma hama makombi must be banned thus all police ari kungopihwa mari muroad nevakomana vemakombi twuvana if you complan nespeed unonzwa vachiti hauna kumanikidzwa kupinda muno kupera sematemba hama tisa simbi sane tichiti zvinowanika let’s act zvipere POLICE ITA BASA NOT KUDYA MARII VANHU VACHIFA

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