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Rutenga vendor’s leg crushed as kombi runs over market


Cephas Shava
MWENEZI – A grisly scene
was witnessed last week Tuesday night after a stationary kombi was hit by a
cross border bus trailer, forcing it into a group of vendors selling their
wares on the roadside.
A
total of eight people sustained varying degrees of injuries, some of them
horrible to see.
The
accident, which happened at around 22:00hrs, left a vendor critically injured
on her leg which was completely crushed.
The
trailer of the MB Transport Bus, registration number ABQ 5575, hit the kombi
which was parked on the side of the road leading to the mishap.
The
kombi driver, Gerald June who was coming from Beitbridge, said he was hit from
behind while parked to drop some passengers.

“I
was carrying a total of nine passengers and six of them were injured and
ferried to hospital together with the two vendors.
“I
had not engaged the handbrake so I managed to have some control over the vehicle
for the around 40 metres that we got moved by the impact of the crash. If I had
parked the car with a handbrake, I am sure we could have been squashed inside,”
said June.
The
bus driver, Mutanga Hamandishe, said he swerved off the road to avoid a
possible head-on collision with an oncoming truck.
“There
was an oncoming truck which was being disturbed by a cow in the middle of the
road. To avoid a head-on collision, I slightly went off the road and as I tried
to move back onto the road, the trailer did not fully comply due to the load,
resulting in the accident,” said Hamandishe.
All
the injured people were ferried to Neshuro District Hospital while two others were
very critical were further referred to Masvingo Provincial Hospital.
Towards the end of last year, a vehicle
ran over vendors at the same spot.  

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