Beitbridge Bus Collision Death Tolls Rises To Eleven

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Beitbridge Bus Collision Death Tolls Rises To Eleven


By Yvonne Mutambwa


The death toll from Saturday’s road accident in Beitbridge involving two buses has risen to eleven from nine after two passengers died in hospital.


The collision occurred when a City Bus coach, carrying 25 passengers, struck a donkey and veered into the path of a Blue Circle bus with 43 passengers on board, leading to a head-on collision.


Seven passengers died on the spot, and two more succumbed to their injuries upon arrival at Beitbridge District Hospital


The death toll has now risen to eleven from the initial count of nine, The Herald has cited Matabeleland South Provincial Affairs and Devolution Minister, Evelyn Ndlovu, as saying.


Ndlovu visited some of the survivors admitted to United Bulawayo Hospital (UBH) on Monday, 18 March.


Both the Government and bus operators have pledged to assist the victims’ families by covering medical and funeral expenses.


Ndlovu said the Government is processing relevant documents for the repatriation of a South African national who also lost their life in the accident.


Blue Circle operations manager, Nicholas Gowo, assured that they would cover all costs for the families who lost their loved ones and also handle the medical bills of the survivors.


Sam Matanda, operations manager for City Bus, expressed their commitment to assisting in every possible way, acknowledging the sadness of losing lives in the accident and mourning with the affected families.