22 bodies of people who were burnt beyond recognition in Brooklyn bus accident positively identified

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There is progress in the process of identifying victims of the West Nicholson bus accident as the Department of Applied Genetic Testing Centre at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), has almost completed the works with some bodies set to be released this Friday.

Following the fatal accident of the Brooklyn bus disaster that occurred in the West Nicholson area of Gwanda where bodies were burnt beyond recognition and required the services of genetic testing for positive identification, the Applied Genetic Testing Center at NUST has so far positively identified 22 bodies out of the 30 remains and 18 body parts.

Director of the centre Mr Zephaniah Dlamini says the process is likely to be concluded by Friday this week, save for those remains whose reference samples were not correct.

“We are almost done and 22 remains have been positively identified but there are two remains whose relatives have not yet come to claim the body and for that reason it’s very difficult to proceed because we have no reference samples while some reference samples were not correct and new ones have to be secured,” said Mr Dlamini.

Mr Dlamini said the remains whose reference samples are yet to be brought will take at least another week to process and this will delay the release of these bodies for burial.

The country’s technology nerve center NUST has come in handy in the process of identifying the remains, a procedure that would generally be done in South Africa and would have taken longer to finish.

— ZBC


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