The owner of the bus innvolved in tuesday’s accident has been arrested by police in Tabora. The bus killed at least 17 people and others were injured.
Police say the move is in effort to locate the fugitive driver and conductor. The Tabora Regional Police Commander, Anthony Rutta, spoke to The Guardian yesterday in a telephone interview and had the following to say.
“We have so far managed to arrest the owner of the bus…it will help us get the driver and the conductor who ran away after the accident…”
Commander Rutta said that there are about 12 injuries left in Skonge district hospital and 4 were transferred to the regional hospital but that in general the 78 who sustained major injuries have been stabilised and that some of them have even been released from the hospital.
The bus, registration T570 AAM, overturned on Tuesday afternoon enroute from Mbeya to Tabora.
It was over crowded (a fatal persistent practice) it was carrying 100 passengers more than its capacity allows, it as a result, overturned in the vicinity of Kitunda village, in Sikonge, some 200 kilometres from the Tabora township.
The deceased were six men, six women and five children, four of them boys and one girl, efforts are underway to identify them and to locate their families.
While earlier reports attributed the accident to breaking down of the steering rod, the police commander refused to comment, saying they were still conducting investigation to establish the cause of the accident, and the pursuit of such details have led to the bus owner arrest in an effort to locate, arrest and interrogate the driver and the conductor of the bus.