- Published on 18 June 2014
- Written by Staff Reporter
A City link Coach traveling from Bulawayo to Harare has been involved in an accident.
The cause of the accident has not been ascertained yet, but reports say police have confirmed three deaths so far. A photo sent to our news desk shows the said bus after it overturned several metres away from the road.
The fatal accident occurred in Norton just after the tollgate.
A Harare businessman who spoke to My Zimbabwe News accused the bus drivers of speeding.
"City Link and Pathfinder bus drivers are always speeding. They have 6 hours to travel from Harare to Bulawayo. Despite the fact that at the moment Group 5 is constructing the Harare-Bulawayo highway; therefore vehicles are forced to stop for up to 15 minutes per zone, these buses still have to maintain their time table and arrival schedule, thereby forcing the drivers to speed. Many private vehicle owners will agree with me that it's very difficult to overtake both Pathfinder and City Link buses on the highway, yet those buses are not allowed to travel at above 100km per hour," said a bitter Mr Tapiwa Moyo who runs businesses in Harare and Bulawayo.
In November 2011 another City Link bus which was travelling to Harare from South Africa, overturned at exactly the same spot where 21 people were killed in a Megalink Bus Service accident two years ago.
In August 2012, another City Link bus was destroyed by fire near Kadoma. The coach was travelling from Harare to Bulawayo. A passenger who witnessed the incident said he lost his valuables in the accident.
"All I did at that moment was to cry, I cried not because I was physically hurt but I cried because I had lost all my certificates, my laptop, my phone, my ID, money, clothes and other personal belongings. It was all I was thinking of at that moment. We watched from a distance as the bus including the luggage, that had been saved and placed by the roadside, went up in flames. The fire consumed the bus to ashes eating into the grass by the roadside on both sides," he said.