Four pupils were injured when a commuter omnibus carrying 18 school children crashed into a ditch following a 5km high speed chase by motorbike cops in Bulawayo.
Witnesses who spoke to The Chronicle alleged the police chased the kombi from Baines Junior School in Northend to Sauerstown suburb. The incident occurred on Tuesday at about 5PM and the kombi driver who was involved in the high speed chase was ferrying pupils from Townsend, Milton and Eveline High schools to their different destinations.
The four injured pupils were rushed to Mpilo Central Hospital where they were treated and discharged. The police officers allegedly escaped from the scene after realising that the kombi had plunged into a ditch. A parent who identified herself as Patience said although the driver’s behaviour cannot be condoned, she was disappointed with the police’s response. Speaking to The Chronicle, the kombi driver, Mr Mzingaye Ncube said:
It happened at about 5PM while I was being chased by the police. When we reached Beech Road in Sauerstown suburb I lost control of the vehicle and it plunged into a ditch. I admit that it was wrong to escape from the police. What however I don’t understand is that when the police saw that I was involved in an accident, they made a u-turn and fled instead of assisting us.