3 die in horrific head-on collision

BEATRICE  —  Three people died while five others were injured when a haulage truck collided head-on with a Harare-bound fuel tanker at the 69km peg along the Harare-Masvingo Highway on Monday night.

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According to a witness, Charles Macheke, the haulage truck’s propshaft broke resulting in the driver losing control of the vehicle which sideswiped a Zambia-bound truck before the head-on collision with a fuel tanker.

The accident, which happened around 10pm, disturbed the flow of traffic for several hours causing long traffic jams between Harare and Chivhu.

When NewsDay arrived at the scene yesterday morning, wreckages of the accident-damaged trucks were being removed from the scene.
The deceased are the truck owner, Gilson Vutete Mazorodze, of Glen View 3, as well as the driver and owner of the consignment in the haulage truck whose names had not yet been established by the time of going to print last night.

The fuel tanker’s driver and his assistant survived the crash and were said to have been ferried to Parirenyatwa Hospital.

Mazorodze’s brother, Mvicha Mupinga, said the truck was heading to Gweru via Mvuma where it was going to offload stockfeed.

“After watching the World Cup game between Germany and Portugal, we parted ways with my brother. He was on his way to sign a contract to transport cotton from Gokwe after dropping the consignment (stockfeed) in Gweru,” Mupinga said.

Contacted for comment, police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi referred questions to the traffic section.

But national traffic police spokesperson Inspector Tigere Chigome was not available on his mobile phone.

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5 Comments

  1. For heaven’s sake please prioritize the dualization of this dangerous strip road? Its a far cry from what an international highway should look like in this day and age.How many more lives and limb should be lost before we ” put our money where our mouth are?”

  2. HONA MWANA WAKO

    TIGERE CHIGOME IS VERY USELESS ,HE SHOULD JUST BE FIRED HE NEVER RESPONSE TO ANYTHING TO DO WITH TRAFFIC BUT KUGARA ARI KUMAHURE KUOCHI CITY PLEASE TIPEWO MASERIOUS

  3. i agree with u tafamutekwe but i hear nine died onthe accident and the other were in smaller vehicles that rammed behind the truck. Was your journalist really on site.

  4. I have always said this stretch of road from Harare to Beitbridge is a death trap, i do not know why the government prioritised the Hre – Byo and Hre – Mtre roads which are way better than this dungeon. How many lives should be lost before the government takes action, this is someone’s bread winner taken so tragically. RIP

  5. joshua Tarwireyi

    Gilson friend rest in peace. but minister look on this strip por holed road

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