Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Combi overturns killing 8 passengers

In a horrific incident last Tuesday, a public vehicle from Francistown to Tutume Village overturned and killed 8 of its passengers.

Inspector Ishmael Maseelane of Tatitown Police Station in Francistown told Sunday Standard that the taxi was carrying 17 passengers in the early hours of the day, when the driver lost control of the vehicle along the Francistown ÔÇô Tutume road.

He further told Sunday Standard that they could not verify the cause of the accident as investigations were still under way, but pointed out that a tyre burst could have caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
The Police said five people died on the spot and three others died at Nyangabwe Hospital.

Maseelane said in most cases, such kind of accidents are caused by over-speeding which has become a concern among motorists.

“I cannot say statistics show an increase in the number of such accidents, but over speeding by some motorist has become a burning issue,” he said.

In a telephone interview, the Public Relations Officer of Nyangabwe Referral Hospital, Caiphus Gabana, said that three of the victims died at the hospital the same day, adding that, currently, there were five victims, including the driver, who were still in critical condition but others were released from hospital the same day.

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