The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has confirmed that two people were killed in separate accidents that happened in Bulawayo on Monday.
Police provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Abednico Ncube, said in the first accident, a conductor who is from Budiriro suburb in Harare was killed by a reversing Harare-bound bus. Ncube said:
The first incident occurred around 8:15 AM along Bulawayo-Harare road near corner Simon Parirenyatwa and First Avenue. A learner driver who was driving a Harare- bound Rimbi Zhong Tong Bus killed the bus conductor on the spot while reversing. The conductor was standing behind the bus.
Insp Ncube said the conductor suffered head injuries and fractures and his body was taken to United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) for post-mortem.
He added that the accident could have been avoided had the bus crew loaded passengers at designated points.
Insp Ncube indicated that the second accident occurred at around 9 PM along Matopos Road when a pedestrian was knocked down by a speeding driver in a Nissan NP300. He said:
The pedestrian is a male aged around 37 years, who was wearing blue jeans and a yellow T-shirt.
The pedestrian was trying to cross the road when he was hit by the car and fell by the side of the road. He sustained severe head injuries and died on the spot. His body was taken to United Bulawayo Hospitals for post-mortem.
He said the driver failed to exercise caution in the wet conditions while the deceased also did not take a proper look before crossing the road.
Insp Ncube urged both drivers and pedestrians to be very cautious and practice great care, especially during the festive seasons to avoid loss of life.
There is usually a surge in the number of road accidents during the festive season with some attributed to overspeeding and or the sorry state of the roads.