An overloaded CAG-owned bus coming from Binga and heading to Bulawayo veered off the road and landed on its side in Kamativi on Thursday night.
The bus was carrying 97 passengers, way above its prescribed capacity of 65. 46 of the passengers experienced varying degrees of injuries.
According to witnesses, the driver lost control of the bus as he descended a meandering stretch of the road near Kamativi.
Matabeleland North provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Glory Banda, confirmed the accident. He said:
On 6 January 2022 at around 2230 hours, Andrew Hlatshwayo was driving a Yutong bus registration number ADC1141 owned by CAG from Binga to Bulawayo with 97 passengers on board.
Upon approaching 26km peg on the said road, he lost control of the bus and it veered off the road to the left.
It landed on its left side. The driver escaped unhurt and a total of 46 passengers were injured.
Injured passengers were taken to St Patricks’ Hospital in Hwange. The police are investigating the cause of the accident.
Insp. Banda implored drivers to exercise caution when driving during the night especially when it is raining.
He also challenged transport operators to prioritise human life over money and avoid exceeding the prescribed carrying capacity of buses. Added Insp. Banda:
Generally, there were no life-threatening injuries. I only noticed one victim who sustained a broken hand, whilst many had sustained visible different injuries.
Some were just complaining of general pains in their bodies.