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Six perish in grisly Kibaha road accident

4th March 2012

Six people perished on the spot and more than 40 injured some seriously when two buses were engaged in a head-on collision at Kwa Mbonde area in Kibaha, Coast region yesterday at around 2 pm.

The Doctor In-Charge at the Tumbi hospital in Kibaha where many of the casualties were brought for treatment, Isaack Lwali said medical officers were doing all they could to treat the causalities, among whom some are to be referred to Muhimbili National Hospital.

Eye-witnesses said that the two buses collided after a minibus Coaster with registration number T 986 ASF tried to overtake a Bajaj tricycle only to collide head-on with a bus heading to Dar es Salaam from Mlandizi, Coast region with registration number T 318AQY.

This reporter was at the scene of the accident and saw the driver of Dar es Salaam bound bus trapped at the driving wheel with blood oozing from his body.

After half-an hour people managed to disentangle the driver from the bus after two trucks were deployed which managed to pull apart scraps of iron which had squeezed the driver at the driving wheel and therefore disentangling the driver. He was rushed to the hospital along with others.

A Tanzania People’s Defense soldier, Lance-Corporal Thadeus Matogolo Julius played a key role in rescuing some of the stranded passengers.

“He has managed the scene of the accident and some of the people who came here to steal were afraid of him,” an eye-witness told this reporter, adding, “he deserves recognition. He has given the army a good name.”

He said the police also responded swiftly.

The Regional Crime Officer (RCO), Evance Mwijage confirmed the cause of the accident as overtaking and that six people died of whom three are men and three others women.

As we went to press names of the dead and the causalities had not yet been identified.

The accident occurred nearly a week since a bus from Msata, Coast Region was involved in a head-on collision with a truck at Mlandizi where six people died instantly.

Kibaha is a hotbed for accidents and speeding is attributed as the chief cause, in this case errors arising from overtaking a minor vehicle incapable of speeding.

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