Kwekwe Bus Disaster
|Kwekwe Bus Disaster|
Part of the wreckage of the accident
|Date||3 March 2016|
|Location||20km outside Kwekwe|
|Type of incident||Yutong Bus|
|Cause||Burst front tyre|
The Kwekwe Bus Disaster happened on the afternoon of 3 March 2016 when a Pfochez Harare bound collided head on with a Bulawayo bound Mercedes Benz sprinter minibus. The Pfochez bus was coming from Bulawayo. 26 people died on the spot and 6 more people died at hospitals within days of the accident.
The accident was declared a national disaster in Zimbabwe.
The Pfochez bus driver lost control of the bus after it burst its left front tyre and encroached into the opposite lane, causing the head-on collision with the minibus. The bus landed on its side and slided for a distance while the minibus was damaged whole (see picture).
Police Officer Commanding Midlands Province Senior Assistant Commissioner Abigail Moyo said the accident could have been avoided if the driver of the Mercedes Benz Sprinter, Bhekithemba Tshuma, had reduced speed and pulled off to the left to avoid the impact.
- Munyaradzi Musiiwa, LATEST: Kwekwe horror crash declared national disaster, The Herald , Published:4 Mar 2016 , Retrieved: 5 Mar 2016
- Blessed Mhlanga, 27 people die in horrific bus accident , NewsDay , Published:4 Mar 2016, Retrieved:4 Mar 2016