Friday, August 12, 2022

Bus falls from Francistown flyover injuring thirty-three passengers

Last weekend, thirty-three passengers survived an accident when the bus they were travelling in from Sowa Town to Francistown fell from a fly-over near the bus rank in Francistown.

Superintendent Cyprien Magalalela of Francistown Central Police confirmed to the Telegraph that the accident occurred on Saturday morning.

“We received a report of the accident on the morning of Saturday that a bus carrying thirty-three passengers swerved, got out of control and fell from a fly over near Thapama Cresta Hotel,” he said.

Although Magalela could not establish the number of passengers who were injured at the time, he maintained that almost all of the passengers sustained some injuries and three passengers are said to be in hospital where they are recovering. He said that the accident also caused four other vehicles to collide as the drivers also lost control but maintained that they were not injured.

“The driver of the bus sustained minor injuries and was discharged from Nyangabwe Referral Hospital the same day,” Magalela said.

He went on to reveal that it is still difficult to tell the cause of the accident, but mentioned that the police are still busy doing their investigations.

Magalela confirmed to the Telegraph that although he could not produce the statistics of accidents, particularly in Francistown, there is still a growing concern of motorists not obeying road signs and driving recklessly and carelessly.

The Public Relations Officer at Nyangabwe Hospital, Chris Habana, also confirmed to the Telegraph through in a telephone interview that indeed they received all thirty-three passengers who were involved in the accident and thirty of them had been discharged the same day and three were still recovering in hospital.

“Among the three passengers who are still in the hospital, one incurred some serious injuries as he broke his leg, but he is also recovering very well,” Habana mentioned.

He pointed out that the passengers were fortunate to survive such a serious accident.

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