Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Victims of the A1 road accident tragedy identified

The Botswana Police Service (BPS) has confirmed that they have identified six people who perished in a road accident that occurred when a double decker bus and a Toyota Fortuner station wagon collided along the A1 road near Ditland lands between Mosaditshwene and Artesia.

After the police investigations are concluded, the case will be closed as there will be no one to be charged as both drivers are deceased.

Mochudi station commander superintendent Simon Sitale revealed that, police have positively identified the six people who died on the spot following a horrific accident that occurred last week Thursday.

He said the 37 passengers who were on the bus sustained minor injuries and they were all treated and discharged on the same day. 

He indicated that all six men and women who are now deceased were locals – with two originating from Makaleng, the bus driver from Maun, two women from Palapye and Serowe respectively while the sixth deceased comes from Francistown.

He said the Toyota Fortuner had two people – the driver and passenger both of who died.

He revealed the post-mortem will be conducted starting this Monday and after the examinations the deceased will be handed over to the relatives for burials.

He said even though the investigations are still ongoing, preliminary investigations suggest that the Fortuner was travelling towards Francistown while the bus was heading towards Gaborone.

“I am not in a position to pre-empt who might have caused the accident as that might somehow compromise police investigations”.

He stated that unfortunately both drivers have died thus nobody who will be charged.

“What will happen is that an inquest will be conducted and after completion the docket will then be handed over to the District Commissioner of Kgatleng and the case will be then officially closed,” he said.

Sitale said since the beginning of this year already 28 people have died along A1 road compared to last year in which they recorded about 16 fatalities in his policing area.

He said most of those killed in the road accidents are pedestrians who in most cases are found drunk while trying to cross the road.

He further said Bela-Bela junction has been identified as a hot spot where most cases occur.

 “This is really uncalled for and those who can be found drinking where it is not allowed will be arrested”.

The names of the deceased will be released sometime this week.


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