Manyara Regional Police Commander Paul Kasabago said that the accident involved a bus with registration number T.479DRF christened Machame Investment, which was heading to Arusha from the country’s capital Dodoma. He said that the accident occurred at Kiongozi area five kilometers from Babati Bus Terminal at around 2 pm killing six people on the spot and injuring dozens. According to the regional police chief, the driver of the bus is among the dead and the injuries whose number was yet to be established were rushed to Babati Designated Hospital for treatment.
He also said that a large number of passengers on board were students who were returning homes for the Easter festival.
RPC Kasabago cited slippery road conditions as one of the causes of the accident as it happened when the rain was drizzling in the area.
Manyara Regional Commissioner Joseph Mkirikiti warned drivers to take care when driving during the rainy season.
The accident happened a month when the former Arusha Regional Administrative Secretary, Richard Kwitega died in a road accident as he was travelling from Arusha to Dodoma to attend an official meeting.
Kwitega was travelling in his official red, Toyota Land-Cruiser VX vehicle, which was being driven by one Lubango. The car reportedly collided head-on with an oncoming bus at the Mdori section of Babati District.
Data from the Traffic Division show that in 2019 alone, Tanzania registered a total of 2,519 road accidents. The accidents claimed 1,248 lives while 2,462 other victims were injured.
According to World Health Organization, approximately 1.35 million people die each year all over the world as a result of road traffic crashes whereas 93 percent of the world's fatalities on the roads occur in low- and middle-income countries, even though these countries have approximately 60% of the world's vehicles.