Potholes blamed as kombi kills 3 family members in Gweru

Three members of the same family died on the spot after they were hit by a commuter omnibus which was traveling in the wrong lane allegedly to avoid potholes in Gweru’s Mkoba suburb. The accident occurred on Saturday at around 4PM near Vashandiri Study Centre in Mkoba 12.

The commuter omnibus had no passengers at the time of the accident but is said to have been rushing to town since it was peak hour. Witnesses told The Chronicle that the deceased were dragged for about two metres while under the commuter omnibus as the driver tried to speed away from the scene. The driver later stopped but bolted from the scene leaving his vehicle — a Nissan Caravan. He later handed himself to the police and is assisting with investigations.

A family spokesperson, Mr Trust Mugovera, identified the deceased as Moreblessing Mharakurwa (20), her daughter Anopaishe Mugovera (1) and sister-in-law Tendai Mugovera (11) who was in Grade Six at Pakame Primary School in Shurugwi. He said the three were on their way home from a barber shop which is opposite Vashandiri Centre where they had taken Tendai for a haircut. The deceased are expected to be buried today at Mutasa cemetery in Gweru.

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