A cross-border bus travelling from South Africa to Bulawayo caught fire on Monday morning in an incident that has been blamed on a suspected mechanical fault.
The incident involving a Greyhound bus occurred at the 35 km peg along the Beitbridge Bulawayo road.
All the 34 people on board escaped unhurt from the inferno. Police officers who spoke to the Chronicle said that further investigations were being carried out to ascertain the cause of the mishap. Said, one officer:
According to the driver, he saw some smoke from the back of the bus where the engine is located.
He then stopped in the middle of the road and opened all the doors for the passengers to get out.
They managed to escape with a few goods but the bus and the rest of the goods were reduced to shells.