- Published: 21 August 2014
- Written by Staff Reporter
Four people died on the spot and three others injured when a haulage truck veered off the road and overturned at the 139km peg along the Masvingo–Beitbridge highway.
Police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said they suspect the accident which happened early on Thursday near Rutenga, could be as a result of speeding by the driver.
Chief Superintendent Nyathi said as police they are concerned with the rate of accidents involving haulage trucks and are therefore advising truck owners and drivers to desist from carrying unauthorised passengers and goods. He said stern action will be taken against offenders.
In June, three people were killed, while several others were injured when a bus they hired to take them to a funeral was side-swiped by a haulage truck that was carrying timber in Dema along the Chitungwiza-Marondera Highway. At least eight people on the bus were seriously injured, while several others sustained minor injuries in the accident that occurred around 8pm on 3 June.
The accident occurred barely two weeks after a commuter omnibus rammed a tree, resulting in the death of 10 people along the Harare-Chitungwiza Road.
In June again, three more people died while five others were injured when a haulage truck collided head-on with a Harare-bound fuel tanker at the 69km peg along the Harare-Masvingo Highway on 18 June at night. According to a witness, Charles Macheke, the haulage truck's propshaft broke resulting in the driver losing control of the vehicle which sideswiped a Zambia-bound truck before the head-on collision with a fuel tanker.
In July, seven people from the same family died on the spot at night when a Toyota Granvia they were travelling in was involved in a head-on collision with a haulage truck near Gweru. According to eyewitness, the driver of the haulage truck identified as Misheck Mukono, who survived the accident, claimed the driver of the Granvia encouraged into his lane. The Granvia was reportedly hit on its right side near the Tree Top tollgate and all the people on board were killed on the spot.
The Zupco bus was coming from Malawi while the haulage truck was going towards Nyamapanda. Eye witnesses who first arrived at the scene said ambulances arrived almost two hours after the accident.
A Harare man, Mr Crispen Benjamin, said efforts to get assistance from the police officers who were at the nearby tollgate were fruitless as the officers said they were on a different assignment.
Last week, three members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and a civilian died on the spot when a Mazda 323 vehicle they were travelling in collided with a haulage truck at the 255km peg along Harare-Gweru Road on Wednesday night.
The accident occurred around 9:30pm on August 13 2014. The police details and the civilian driver were travelling in a Mazda 323 vehicle heading towards Gweru when they were involved in a head-on collision with a freightliner haulage truck travelling in the opposite direction.
A spate of fatal accidents have been recorded across the country amid concerns the poor road network is the major cause. There have also been calls to ban the use of secondhand Japanese cars such as the Toyota Granvia as public transport vehicles.