Kombi crash kills Five on
the Spot

Five people died and eight others were
injured when a vehicle they were travelling
in veered off the road and overturned near
Tinde turn off at the 39 km peg along the
Cross Dete-Binga Road, police said
yesterday.
The accident occurred at around 7PM on
Sunday when the driver of a Nissan Caravan
vehicle failed to negotiate a curve, causing
the car to veer off the road.
National police spokesperson Senior Assistant
Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed
the accident.
“Police would like to confirm the death of five
people in a road traffic accident which
occurred in Hwange on Sunday. A Nissan
Caravan public service vehicle was travelling
along Cross Dete Road towards Binga with 13
passengers on board,” she said.
“On approaching the 39 km peg, the driver
failed to negotiate a curve, lost control of the
vehicle which veered off the road to the right
and overturned before landing on its roof,
killing five people on the spot.” Snr Asst
Comm Charamba urged motorists to exercise
caution when driving to avoid loss of innocent
lives.
“They should be observant and ensure that
they do not speed,” she said.
The Binga Civil Protection Unit team reacted
swiftly and attended the scene following the
accident.
Binga District Administrator Mrs Lydia Ndethi-
Banda, who was among those who went to the
scene, said the situation was terrible when
they arrived.
“It seemed the driver was speeding and lost
control of the vehicle and we want to urge
drivers to drive with caution especially at
night.
“Passengers should also carry identity
particulars because we’re failing to identify
some of the victims who had no particulars.
It’s difficult to talk about names of the
casualties now,” said Mrs Ndethi-Banda.
A source who was at the scene said they
suspected that the driver, who also died, was
speeding leading to his failure to negotiate a
curve when he approached Tinde Bridge.
“It was a horrific scene. Some of those in the
vehicle were teachers from Siachilaba Primary
and Secondary Schools who were returning to
their station from Hwange.
“The injured were rushed to Kamativi
Hospital before being transferred to the
Colliery Hospital in Hwange,” said the source.
The bodies of the deceased were conveyed to
Hwange Colliery Hospital Mortuary for post
mortem. Chronicle