Scores injured in Zupco accident

Staff Reporter

Scores of people were injured after a Tombs Motorways Bus contracted by Zupco to offer cheaper transport to locals travelling from Kwekwe to Redcliff’s residential area of Torwood plunged into a ditch following a braking system failure on Monday.

When this publication arrived at the scene the injured had already been ferried to Kwekwe General Hospital for treatment.

Redcliff Mayor Clayton Masiyatsva confirmed the tragedy.

“It’s true a Zupco bus ferrying passengers from Kwekwe to Torwood was involved in an accident. I cannot however ascertain the cause of the accident or the extent of those injured but I have dispatched ambulances to the accident scene,” Masiyatsva said.

Area Councillor Munyaradzi Munikwa who was at the accident scene indicated the bus developed a mechanical defect when it wanted to negotiate a Zisco Steel bridge going to Torwood.

“Scores of people have been injured and have been ferried to Kwekwe General Hospital. Though we are yet to ascertain the number of the casualties.

“The bus was coming from Kwekwe and it was ferrying residents to the Torwood suburbs.

“We understand the bus developed a mechanical fault in its braking system leading to the accident. The driver failed to negotiate a curve when he wanted to pass through the bridge resulting in the bus plunging into a ditch,” Munikwa said.

The city father added that they were standing passengers.

“We understand there were standing passengers in the bus,” he said.

The government subsidised buses though bringing relief to mostly ex-Ziscosteel workers in Redcliff because of their affordability, however they are presenting attendant challenges.

Chief amongst the challenges is the issue of overloading of the buses as the hard pressed citizens are turning to the buses for salvation though they might in some instances be way past being road worthy.

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