Eight perish in Harare, Bulawayo road accidents

By Lisa Masuku and Peter Chivhima

EIGHT people died in two separate accidents which occurred in Bulawayo and Harare this morning.

In Bulawayo, a commuter omnibus which was heading towards Bulawayo city centre from Pumula reportedly entered a red traffic light and collided with a truck near Nkulumane Complex, killing six people on the spot.

Seventeen people were on the commuter omnibus.

Meanwhile, in Harare, two people died on the spot, while three others were injured after a Honda Fit they were traveling in was hit by train at the Chiremba Road rail crossing.

“It is so sad. This car was coming from Epworth, but the driver failed to stop and there was a train coming,” said one eyewitness.

Another eyewitness said, “I was coming from my routine training and I heard a loud bang, that is when I rushed here and saw these people lying down.”

Zimbabwe Republic Police National Spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the accident, urging motorists to be cautious at rail level crossings.

“Yes, I can confirm that two people died this morning along Chiremba Road after a Honda Fit vehicle was hit by train. Three people got injured, but as police we are urging motorists to be cautious when crossing rail,” said Assistant Commissioner Nyathi.

The injured were taken to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals for treatment.