SO SAD: Beitbridge accident death toll rises


Death toll rises to 11 in Beitbridge Road accident as government and bus operators extend support

The death toll from a tragic road accident in Beitbridge on Saturday has tragically increased from nine to eleven, as two more passengers succumbed to their injuries while receiving treatment at the hospital.

The incident occurred when a City Bus coach, travelling from South Africa to Harare, veered into the opposite lane after colliding with a donkey. The out-of-control coach collided head-on with a Blue Circle bus, leading to the devastating accident.

Seven passengers lost their lives immediately at the scene, and an additional two passengers passed away upon arrival at Beitbridge District Hospital. The government and bus operators have pledged their support to the families of the victims, offering assistance with medical expenses and funeral arrangements.

Dr Evelyn Ndlovu, Matabeleland South Provincial Affairs and Devolution Minister, confirmed the deaths of two more passengers during her visit to survivors at United Bulawayo Hospital (UBH). She also revealed that the government is working on the necessary documents for the repatriation of a South African national who lost their life in the accident.

During her visit, Dr Ndlovu met with representatives from the bus operators involved in the tragic crash. She expressed her satisfaction with the active involvement of the bus operators in ensuring the well-being of the survivors.

The minister stated, “The Government has pledged to assist the survivors and families of those who perished in the accident. The bus operators have also said they too will provide financial support for medical bills and funeral expenses.”

Dr Ndlovu commended the efficient and dedicated medical staff attending to the survivors, expressing her confidence in their expertise. She emphasized the importance of collaboration between medical professionals and the bus operators, who are already covering expenses and working in tandem with the government’s assistance efforts.

The operations manager of Blue Circle, Mr Nicholas Gowo, described the accident as a tragic event and assured that they will bear all costs for the affected families and survivors’ medical expenses. He expressed deep sorrow over the loss of their drivers and emphasized their commitment to working closely with the government to address the needs of all those affected.

Mr Sam Matanda, operations manager for City Bus, echoed the sentiment, pledging full support to the affected individuals and families. “We will assist in every way possible. It is sad that we lost lives in the accident and we mourn with the families,” he stated.

As investigations into the accident continue, the community mourns the loss of lives and extends solidarity to the survivors and grieving families, while the government, bus operators, and medical teams collaborate to provide the necessary support.

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