Police statement on Beta Bus accident in Mutare

by Tulip Charowa

FATAL ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT AT 242 KM PEG ALONG HARARE- MUTARE ROAD

The Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms the death of five (05) people and injury of 60 others in a road traffic accident that occurred at the 242 km peg along Harare — Mutare Road on 25th December 2021, at 1700 hours.

The driver of a Beta Bus Company’s Yutong was travelling towards Mutare, with 63 passengers on board and on approaching the 242 km peg it is claimed that the driver was avoiding a suspected drunk pedestrian resulting in the bus swerving onto the lane of oncoming traffic.

As a result, the bus collided with a Freightliner fuel tanker which was travelling in the opposite direction, with one passenger on board.

The fuel tanker exploded and both vehicles were engulfed in flames and burnt to ashes. Three (3) people died on the spot including the driver of the fuel tanker and his passenger while two (2) others died upon admission at Victoria Chitepo Hospital.

The bodies of the victims were ferried to Victoria Chitepo Hospital, while 60 people who were injured were admitted at the same hospital.

Police will avail the names of the victims once their next of kin have been informed.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police urges motorists to be observant and cautious on the roads.

NYATHI. P

Assistant Commissioner Senior Staff Officer (Press, Public and Int. Relations) to the Commissioner-General of Police

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