Amanda Ncube, Sunday News Reporter
NINE people have died, while 20 others have been injured in road traffic accidents since the Easter Holiday started on Friday, police said yesterday.
National police spokesman Chief Superintended Paul Nyathi said six people died in one accident while the other three died in another separate accident as of yesterday.
The holiday ends on Tuesday when the country celebrates Independence Day. “The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to confirm the death of six people in a fatal road traffic accident which occurred at the 111 km peg along Harare-Chirundu Road near Chinhoyi on 15 April at 3.30am,” he said.
Chief Supt Nyathi said a Honda Fit car was travelling due east towards Banket with no passenger on board when it collided head on with a Nissan Caravan which was travelling in the opposite direction. He said the Nissan Caravan had 24 passengers on board.
“Investigations indicate that the driver of the Honda Fit encroached into the lane of oncoming traffic resulting in a head on collision. The Nissan Caravan overturned, killing four passengers on the spot and another one died on admission at Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital. The driver of the Honda Fit also perished in the accident,” said Chief Supt Nyathi.
He said 20 people were injured in the accident and were referred to Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital for treatment. The bodies of the deceased are at Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital Mortuary awaiting post-mortem. He said another accident happened at the 60km peg along Birchenough-Mt Selinda Road in Chipinge on Friday at 1.30pm where three people were crashed to death by an unlicenced driver.
“The driver of a Mercededs Benz overtook a vehicle in front of oncoming traffic and in a bid to avoid a head on collision he quickly returned to his lane and lost control of the vehicle and hit three pedestrians who were walking on the edge of the road,” he said.
One person died on the spot, said Chief Supt Nyathi while the other two died on admission to Chipinge District Hospital.
He said it was worrying that people were not taking repeated calls not to travel at night. Last year during the Easter holiday 10 people died in road traffic accidents.