Bus accident kills seven

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Prisca Manyiwa in Kwekwe

POLICE say they are investigating reports of speeding after a ZUPCO bus travelling to Harare left seven people dead near Kwekwe.

The accident occurred at the 210 km peg along the Harare-Bulawayo road when the ZUPCO bus veered off the road hitting a Honda Fit and a commuter omnibus.

Three passengers including the Honda Fit driver died on the spot whilst three others including a minor from the bus were also pronounced dead at the scene.

One person later died upon admission at a nearby hospital.

When H-Metro arrived on the scene, officials from the Zimbabwe Republic Police and the Zimbabwe National Army were retrieving bodies and passengers from the scene.

“The bus was speeding and from the looks of things the driver had lost control of the bus and hit two other vehicles before ramming into a tree.

“Most causalities were on the bus whilst all three people who were in the honda fit died on the spot,” said a witness at the scene.

One of the survivors from the bus narrated how she escaped the fatal accident.

“I still cannot believe that I am alive after the scary accident but I want to thank God that I survived the accident with only a few scratches.

“I do not even understand what happened because everything happened so fast but the driver and the conductor are alive they are the ones who helped in breaking the windows for people to escape.

“The driver kicked out the emergency panel and I managed to jump through the window holding my child, she is fine too,” said the survivor who identified herself as mai Tanatswa.

Police National Spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said they are still investigating the cause of the accident.

“We are in the process of ascertaining what caused the accident that left seven people dead along the Harare Bulawayo road.

“What we are sure of is that the ZUPCO bus veered off and hit an oncoming Honda Fit killing passengers before hitting a commuter omnibus that was parked along the road.