Friday, October 23, 2020

Debswana bus crushes house, injures driver and nine year old girl

Last Friday, a Debswana Orapa Letlhakane Damtshaa Mines bus collided with a motor car, veered off the road and rammed into a nearby house, injuring a nine-year-old girl and its driver.

The bus driver and the girl were treated and discharged at the Orapa Mine Hospital after the accident.

Letlhakane Police Acting Station Commander, Assistant Superintendent Zibani Mbisana, confirmed the Friday morning accident in an interview with The Telegraph.

“It appears that after colliding with the oncoming car, the bus driver lost control and veered into the nearby house where the girl and a middle aged woman were inside. The girl and the driver of the bus both sustained minor injuries while the woman was not injured. The house was completely reduced to ruins,” he said.

Mbisana said that the driver of the other motor vehicle involved in the accident and four of his passengers were referred to Letlhakane Primary Hospital where they were treated for shock and discharged. He, however, said that they rarely register such incidents in their policing area.
He could not go into further details about the accident, saying that investigations are still at preliminary stage.

The Communications Manager at Orapa Letlhakane Damtshaa Mines (OLDM, Kesego Okie, also confirmed the incident to The Telegraph. She said they are working in collaboration with the police to determine the cause of the accident.

She explained that the two house tenants (the woman and the girl) have in the mean time been assisted by OLDM with temporary accommodation and associated basic needs, to ensure that their day to day needs are not disrupted.

“We are currently providing support for the family and we are in the process of re-building the damaged house.┬á It is regrettable that one of our buses had to be involved in such an accident. I have to assure the public that OLDM upholds high safety standards in all of its operations,” she said.

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