TWENTY-SEVEN people died in a horrific accident that occurred 20km outside Kwekwe yesterday afternoon, when a Harare-bound Pfochez bus collided with a Sprinter kombi heading in the opposite direction.
BY BLESSED MHLANGA
Although national police spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba could not be reached for comment, Kwekwe mayor Matenda Madzoke, who is part of Kwekwe district’s disaster management team, confirmed the accident.
“We counted 26 people who died at the scene of the accident and one was pronounced dead upon arrival at Kwekwe General Hospital.
“Only two people from the Sprinter survived,” he said.
Madzoke said 16 were critically injured and were transferred to Harare and Gweru hospitals for treatment.
He said preliminary police investigations indicated that the Pfochez bus driver lost control of the vehicle after it burst its left front tyre and encroached into the opposite lane, causing the head-on collision.
The bus landed on its side and slided for a distance while the kombi was reduced into a heap of metal.
Madzoke said the drivers of both vehicles were crushed beyond recognition, adding fire brigade teams from Kwekwe and Gweru battled for three hours to retrieve the trapped bodies from the wreckages.