ONE person died while three others were seriously injured when a vehicle they were travelling in rammed a Zupco bus and was trapped underneath it near Thembiso Children’s Home in Bulawayo. Bulawayo chief fire officer Richard Peterson confirmed the accident and said those who survived suffered critical injuries.
“According to witnesses, the light vehicle was travelling behind a Zupco bus. Suddenly the vehicle drove into the rear of the bus. We’re not sure what exactly happened.
“A 21-year-old man died while the driver, 34 and two others aged 31 and 28 sustained critical injuries. The body of the deceased was taken to Luveve Police Station. Two of the injured were taken to Mpilo Central Hospital while the other one was taken to Mater Dei Hospital,” said Peterson.
Witnesses told The Chronicle that the car, which had four people on board and the bus were travelling towards the city centre when the accident occurred in the early hours of yesterday.
“The car and the bus were both travelling towards the CBD at about 3AM. When they approached the humps opposite Thembiso Children’s Home, the car suddenly rammed the bus from behind. One person died on the spot and three other people were injured,” said a witness who declined to be named.
He said they could not ascertain they type of vehicle due to the extent of the damage. Bulawayo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Police have expressed concern over the road carnage which has drastically increased over the years. The police have also urged people to avoid driving at night.