Briefing reporters at the scene of the crash yesterday, Dodoma Regional Police Commander Gilles Muroto said the police saw signs of dangerous driving, as the lorry driver may have rushed into the main road without prior safety checks.
The driver of the lorry which was bound to Morogoro from Dodoma escaped from the scene after the crash and police are following his tracks to arraign him in court, he said.
The driver of the Noah minivan, Yohana Ndugai, (34) was among the dead, with one of the injured in a critical condition, he said.
RPC Muroto said the minivan driver who was headed to Dodoma was taking a vehicle spare part to the capital but on the way he took some passengers, some of whom died in the crash.
The RPC appealed to motorists to adhere to road safety regulations to avoid loss of life, intoning that law enforcers in the region shall heighten patrols ask the region prepares to receive CCM delegates headed for the nomination congress ahead of October general elections.
“Most of these accidents are avoidable with just a bit of alertness on the road. I appeal to motorists to drive carefully not only in Dodoma but all over the country,” he pleaded.
He expressed acute disappointment with drivers of big vehicles saying they are habitually arrogant on the road, “to the point of not minding the safety of motorists behind the wheels of smaller vehicles.”
“Lorry drivers act as if they own the roads and all other drivers should give them way. This is a very dangerous attitude and its results are as you can see, the loss innocent lives,” he pursued.
Speaking at the crash site, Dodoma Regional Commissioner Dr. Binilith Mahenge directed police in the region not to rest until the lorry driver is arrested and booked.
“I also appeal to drivers to be careful on the road especially when they carry passengers. Once lost, human life cannot be replaced,” he remarked.
The RC also directed district executive directors for Kongwa, Bahi and Chamwino to ensure that lorries do not park on undesignated areas in the region.
“We agreed at the regional consultative meeting that no more lorries are allowed to park on roadsides at Kibaigwa, Chalinzenyama and Bahi. DEDs should designate parking spaces for them,” he directed.
Kongwa District Commissioner Deogratius Ndejembi said the crash rendered the Dodoma-Morogoro road impassable early in the morning. Police officers arrived, removed the vehicles from the road and permitted traffic to resume.