45 passengers aboard a Smart Express bus on Saturday escaped death by a whisker after the bus overturned while negotiating the steep Vumba curves at the 15km peg from Mutare at Lower Vumba Gardens.
Some of the passengers who spoke to Manica Post alleged that the driver was drunk after gulping beer in Mutare, a charge which the driver rejected. The unnamed driver had this to say:
When I was negotiating a curve, I heard something breaking under the bus and I knew it was the U-bolt. I lost control of the vehicle but I managed to avoid hitting trees, otherwise, people would have died.
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20 passengers were injured in the accident and were rushed to hospital by guests who were attending a wedding at Vumba Gardens.