Nine die as minibus collides with Howo

23Jun 2021
The Guardian
Nine die as minibus collides with Howo

​​​​​​​NINE people have been confirmed dead after a minibus collided with a lorry in Morogoro municipality on Monday night.

Regional Police Commander SACP Fortunatus Muslim told reporters here yesterday that two drivers behind the wheels of two vehicles are among the casualties, blaming the crash on reckless driving by the bus driver who he said attempted to overtake at rhe wrong place.

The accident occurred at around 11.00pm June 21 at Nane Nane Oil Com area along the Morogoro–Dar es Salaam highway.

RPC Muslim said among those who lost their lives was Adam Ramadhani Binde (24), a resident of Dar es Salaam and the driver of the Coaster bus with Reg T 689 DUK that was travelling from Dar es Salaam to Mbeya and Selemani Chawa Chali, driver of the Howo truck belonging to Dangote Cement Company with Reg T 658 DJZ, that was travelling in the opposite direction.

“The cause of the accident was the Coaster bus trying to overtake another car, a Toyota Cresta, but in attempt to avoid hitting the incoming Dangote truck, the bus driver hit the rear of the Cresta car in front, but thereafter he swerved back to his side and collided head on with the Dangote truck,” he elaborated.

He said the driver of the Cresta car with Reg T 563 ASA, Emmanuel Sembuche (31) - an NMB employee and resident of Mji Mwema area in the municipality survived despite the vehicle’s rear being badly damaged.

Five people died on the spot and four at the hospital as they were receiving treatment, he stated.

Coaster bus injured passengers Frank Lamson and Michael Sengo were admitted to Morogoro Regional Referral Hospital. They said they began their trip at Mbezi upcountry bus station in Dar es Salaam to travel to Mbeya, with numerous disembarking points along the way.

“The speed was neither fast nor slow, but here in Morogoro there was a police roadblock at Kingolwira manned by two police officers.

“We were stopped and the driver and his conductor got down to speak to the policemen, but before we were allowed to proceed, a spare driver sitting among passengers got up and went to the driver’s seat and moved the vehicle at high speed, allegedly thinking there was a police patrol car in pursuit,” said Lamson.

He said the passengers got angry on the driver’s high speed, but he replied that if they were stopped by the police on patrol, they would be made to pay a 700,000/- fine.

Despite that the passengers shouted to the driver to reduce the speed, he never paid attention to them, they further noted.

The cause of the accident was the bus driver receiving a phone call via his hand set to talk to his co-driver who was left behind, he stated, noting that he was talking to the phone as he tried to overtake the Toyota Cresta. Then suddenly he came face to face with the incoming Dangote Cement Co. Lorry, he narrated.

Dr Kessy Abdul Ngarawa, the senior doctor in charge, said they received 32 persons – 25 inured and seven dead persons, but the number of those who died increased to nine after two among the injured lost their lives as they were being put to treatment.

The dead were three women, including two adults and a child (5), and six men, while those injured include 17 men plus a one-year old boy child, along with six women including a girl child also one-year-old.

“The bodies of the deceased already identified are two while the third was identified by only one name. The condition of the injured is not bad but but still causes concern, with five of them in critical condition but under close doctors’ supervision,” Dr Ngalawa added.

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