Truck driver charged with 20 counts of culpable homicide after SA bound bus burns
ZRP National chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba yesterday revealed that Regius Mangwari (29) the driver of the haulage truck which sideswiped a South Africa-bound Pro-liner bus has been charged with 20 counts of culpable homicide.
The accident occurred along the Harare-Masvingo-Beitbridge highway on Wednesday night at around 9 PM. The Pro-liner bus was burnt beyond recognition and so far 20 people were burnt beyond recognition while 41 were critically injured. The driver is under police guard at Mvuma District Hospital.
Preliminary investigations indicate that on approaching the 218km peg, Mangwari encroached on the path of the oncoming bus. The bus and the haulage truck sideswiped and both vehicles caught fire. Twenty passengers were trapped and burnt beyond recognition. Forty-one passengers were injured. Four escaped without any injuries. The injured were taken to Mvuma District Hospital, Driefontein Mission Hospital, and Masvingo Provincial Hospital. The critical ones were referred to a Harare Hospital