Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Police release names of six who perished in Mahalapye accident

Seven days after a horrific accident that claimed about six lives on the spot, police say they have completed the investigations on what could have contributed or caused the accident.

Following the notification of the next of kin, the police have now released the names and nationalities of the six people who died in a road mishap near Mahalapye last week.

The deceased included one local, Olebile Baganetseng (24) from Mmatshumu in Boteti District.
Five are Zimbabwean nationals, Michael Napata (40), Fungai Mopande (30), and three others Norma (34), Ester (40) and Rekie Elunga being from the same family.

They were on their way back to Gaborone from Zimbabwe where they had gone for a church gathering.

Assistant Superintendent Tawana Tawana of Mahalapye Police Station told The Telegraph on Monday, “We have almost completed our investigation regarding the horrific road accident that claimed about six people last week Monday; two drivers were among the dead.”

He explained that, as the police, they strongly believed that the two motor vehicles that were towing each other heading towards Gaborone lost control and collided with an oncoming long-distance haulage truck that was on its way to Francistown.

He said the truck driver claimed that he thought that one of the cars was overtaking the other one and within a fraction of a second the accident occurred, causing the heavy truck to overturn.
Tawana said two of the passengers are hospitalized at Ngangabwe Hospital in Francistown with serious injuries but added that they are in stable condition.

He warned the public that no passengers should be allowed in the vehicles that are towing each other except for the two drivers, adding that both cars should travel at no more than 60 kilometers per hour.


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