Two people who were among a group of mourners died while 10 others were injured after a vehicle ferrying them to a funeral was involved in a road accident.
The accident occurred at the 315 km peg along the Harare-Bulawayo road on Thursday.
Midlands provincial acting police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Fungai Ngawagare, confirmed the incident. She said:
Police confirm investigating a fatal road accident where two people died on the spot while 10 others sustained various injuries.
The accident occurred at the 315 km peg along Harare-Bulawayo road on the 1st day of December 2022.
Tendai Nkala was driving a green Toyota Hiace along Harare-Bulawayo road towards Gweru with eleven passengers on board who were going to a funeral in Lower Gweru.
Upon approaching the 315km peg, the vehicle’s rear right tyre burst and the driver lost control of the vehicle and veered off to the left side.
The vehicle overturned, rolled once and landed on its wheels.
Asst Insp Ngawagare said two female passengers, identified as Lucia Mpofu (54) and Masuku Mubazisi ( 51) of Bulawayo, died on the spot.
The bodies of the deceased were taken to the Gweru Provincial Hospital mortuary where the 10 others who were injured were also admitted. Concluded Ngawagare:
The ZRP would like to urge members of the public to ensure that their motor vehicles are serviceable and roadworthy before embarking on a journey.
Drivers are also urged to obey the rules of the road so as to minimize the loss of life through accidents.
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