Bulawayo accident claims three

By Lisa Masuku

THREE people died on the spot while five others were seriously injured after a vehicle they were travelling in was involved in a head-on collision along Nketa Drive near Tshabalala Service Station in Bulawayo on Tuesday evening.

The accident occurred around 6pm when two Honda Fit pirate taxis were involved in a high speech chase for customers.

The high speed chase resulted in one of the drivers encroaching onto the lane of an oncoming vehicle, resulting in the crash.

“We are investigating an accident where three passengers died on the spot and others were seriously injured. The accident occurred along Nketa Drive near Tshabalala Service Station.

“The accident occurred after two Honda Fit taxes were involved in a speed chase for customers resulting in one of the Honda Fit vehicles encroaching onto the lane of an oncoming vehicle,” said Bulawayo Provincial Police spokesperson, Inspector Abednico Ncube.

The injured were taken to United Bulawayo Hospitals.

Inspector Ncube has since warned commuters against boarding pirate taxis, which have become a menace on the country’s roads, while also creating illegal and unsafe pickup points which fuel road accidents.