TWENTY people were injured when an AMBS bus developed a mechanical fault, veered off the road, hit a tree stump and landed on its side at the 125km peg along the Bulawayo-Nkayi Road.
The incident occurred at around 11AM on Wednesday at Gwampa Valley in Nkayi.
The injured were rushed to Nkayi District Hospital where they are receiving treatment.
Mr Joseph Magwenzi (41) of Emganwini suburb in Bulawayo was driving the bus with 31 passengers on board when the accident occurred.
The passengers sustained varying degrees of injuries.
Matabeleland North police spokesperson Chief Inspector Siphiwe Makonese confirmed the accident.
“I can confirm we received a report of a road accident that occurred at the 125km peg along the Bulawayo-Nkayi Road on Wednesday morning.
“The bus which was proceeding to Nkayi with 31 passengers on board developed a mechanical fault. The driver then lost control of the bus and it veered off the road to the right side, hit a tree stump and landed on its left side,” she said.
Nkayi District Administrator, Mrs Matildah Mlotshwa, urged drivers to always exercise caution especially when ferrying passengers and avoid overloading as they risk lives.
“Drivers are advised to always thoroughly inspect their vehicles or buses before setting off for a journey and to regularly service their vehicles,” she said.