Horror scenes as speeding bus traveling on wrong side of road runs over pupil

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THE Morgan High School learner, who died on the spot after being struck by a bus driving on the wrong side of Seke Road, has been named as Chaleen Chivhiya.

She was in Form One at the school, which is in Arcadia, Harare.

The incident has left the school in shock.

It comes on the day Tynwald High School, which lost six students in a bus accident recently, opened its doors again after a week of mourning.

Yesterday’s incident happened near Arcadia Shopping Centre.

Harare provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Luckmore Chakanza, said the driver had been arrested.

The bus, carrying 40 passengers, was on its way from Chitungwiza.

As it approached Arcadia Shopping Centre traffic lights, the driver went into the oncoming traffic lane in a reckless bid to beat the traffic jam.

At about the same time, the student was crossing Seke Road, and the lane was clear, in terms of traffic coming from the city end.

She was knocked down and dragged under the bus for several metres before it eventually stopped.

“Driver azoridza bhera mwana was already under the bus,” said a witness.

“He kept driving and only stopped after the robots.”

The girl was identified by a schoolmate, who contacted the school and her parents.

The boy wept as he narrated the tragedy to his teachers.

Another witness, Fortune Garara, who was a passenger in the bus, said:

“I was in the bus sitting in front and l remember telling the driver to slow down, but he didn’t listen.

“We saw the girl crossing the road, but with the speed he was traveling at, he couldn’t stop or slow down.

“I heard a big thud as he hit the girl, and we all yelled at him to stop, but he did not.

“After stopping the bus, he ran, but some men chased after him and apprehended him.

“That is when the police were called.”

Last week, H-Metro launched a public initiative to try and curb the madness on the country’s roads, especially on the streets of Harare.

— HMetro


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