HARARE – Two people were killed and 28 others injured after two busses collided in Harare on Thursday morning.
Police said the two buses running a ZUPCO service to the suburbs of Mabvuku and Epworth crashed at a curve.
“The ZRP confirms that two people died and 28 others were injured at 7.30AM today when an Abdul and Son bus which was coming from Epworth failed to negotiate a curve and collided with an Inter Africa bus coming from Mabvuku at the Chiremba Road and Robert Mugabe Road junction traffic lights,” police said in a statement.
The Abdul and Son bus overturned after the impact.
One passenger remembered hearing a loud bang, and then people screaming.
Said another: “The driver (of Abdul bus) was speeding. The bus literally flew over the railway line and when approaching the curve he tried to overtake a Toyota Corolla and you could see the Inter Africa bus coming into view.
“All I remember was us going over a curb into the lane for oncoming traffic and the next minute the bus was lying on its side.”
The state-owned bus company ZUPCO has entered into a deal with dozens of bus companies to run a cheaper urban transport system. The buses, including the two in Friday’s incident, bear the ZUPCO logo.
By Prince Machaya