Tilbury Primary School Loses Six Pupils In ZCC Bus Accident
Two more pupils from Tilbury Primary School died on Monday from injuries they sustained in the St Charles Lwanga bus accident.
This means the school has now lost six pupils, five of which are from the same class.
The bus was carrying 105 members of the Zion Christian Church (ZCC) from Chimanimani who were on their annual Easter pilgrimage to Bikita when it veered off the road and hurtled down a steep slope.
The accident occurred along the Jopa-Skyline Road last week when the bus’ brakes failed causing it to career into a deep ravine.
Initially, it was reported that three grade six students from the same class died on the spot, which also claimed another student from a different class.
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Speaking to NewZimbabwe.com, the teacher of the deceased pupils, Hardwork Makamanzi, said he was informed by authorities of the death of two more pupils. Said Makamanzi:
I have just received news that two more students in my class have succumbed to the accident’s injuries.
I really do not have words to describe how this disaster has personally affected me as well as the other remaining students.
To me, it’s like I have lost close family members.
A lot of people here are members of ZCC and there are chances that they might have been on the ill-fated bus with their parents.
I pray and hope that those who are still in hospitals will make it.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) is yet to release the names of the victims of the accident as they are still conducting investigations.