THE driver of a Honda CRV died on the spot when his vehicle had a head-on collision with a haulage truck at the 272-kilometre peg just outside Gweru this Monday morning.
The driver of the haulage truck escaped unhurt despite the truck catching fire after he lost control of the vehicle during the accident.
Midlands Acting Police Spokesperson Assistant Inspector Ethel Mukwende confirmed the accident and said the crash was due to human error.
According to eyewitnesses, the driver of the Honda CRV who was heading the Harare direction swerved towards the oncoming vehicle resulting in the head-on crash.
“I was busy doing gardening over there when I saw the CRV swerving encroaching to the lane where the haulage truck was coming from, in the Harare direction. I saw the head-on and as we dashed to the scene, we witnessed that the driver of the CRV had been thrown out of his vehicle lying lifelessly on the tarmac and one could hardly recognise him,” said Joseph Tazivei an eye witness.
“I was at a distance from the accident scene when I heard a huge bang which drew my attention. I then rushed to the scene and found the driver of the haulage truck taking some pictures of the vehicle as he was showing no signs of injuries. The fire brigade team arrived after about 20 minutes and doused the inferno which could have destroyed the whole truck,” said another eye witness Gift Ncube.
The accident happened just some 500 metres from the sharp cave where four people died on the spot with the driver dying in hospital after yet another head-on collision three days ago prompting the community to call for measures to curb speeding at the zone.