The accident happened at Ngea village along Liwale-Nangurukuru highway at around 12pm when the bus rammed into the livestock that were crossing the road.
The killed cattle were owned by a farmer of Likawage village, Alex Para in Kilwa District, more than 300 kms from Dar es Salaam.
Lindi Regional Police Commander, Renatha Mzinga confirmed the incident, citing reckless driving as the main cause of the accident.
She urged drivers to be more careful when driving in some of the busiest roads like the Dar es Salaam-Mtwara highway.
Mzinga said that the bus with registration number T827 CED was driven by Yusuph Mkaning’a (30), a resident of Kilwa Kivinje town in Kilwa District.
She said that despite the death of the cattle, the accident also caused damage to the bus, adding that investigations are underway.
According to some of the eyewitnesses, the cows were seen wandering alone along the road without anyone herding them.
“This bus was from Dar es Salaam heading to southern regions, and the cows were roaming on the road,” the witnesses said.
Some of the passengers traveling in the bus, Suleiman Juma, Mwanahawa Yusufu, David Michael and Peter Joseph commended the driver for controlling the bus, otherwise it would have overturned resulting in injuries or fatalities.