The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment issued a statement naming the deceased TIC officials as Said Moshi (the centre’s acting director of research), Zacharia Kingu (acting director - cooperate affairs) and research manager Martin Masalu.
It identified those injured as TIC’s legal manager, Godfrey Kilolo, and the driver of the vehicle they were travelling in, Priscus Chuwa. Both are currently hospitalised at the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH).
According to the statement, the contingent was travelling to Dodoma to attend a National Investment Steering Committee (NISC) conference.
Early reports said their Toyota Land cruiser GX 200 vehicle (with government registration number STK 923) collided head-on with a Scania heavy-duty trailer truck (T 620 AQV) in the Msoga area along the Chalinze-Bagamoyo highway.
Confirming that the crash occurred at around 5.30 pm on Monday, Coast regional police commander Jonathan Shana said they are still searching for the driver of the truck who apparently disappeared immediately after the accident.
“We are yet to verify who the truck driver was, or get his statement on what exactly happened, since he disappeared right afterwards,” the RPC said.
A preliminary police report said the driver of the Land Cruiser, Chuwa, was at fault for veering unannounced into the opposite lane of the highway as the truck approached.
RPC Shana reminded all drivers, “especially those driving public leaders and clerics”, to observe traffic regulations strictly at all times.
The doctor-on-duty at Msoga Health Centre, Dr Nelson Luoga, confirmed receipt of all the casualties and said the bodies of the deceased were taken to the Tumbi hospital mortuary in Kibaha District.
The injured were provided with initial first aid treatment at the centre and later referred to MNH for further medical treatment, Dr Luoga added.
The latest crash involving the TIC officials adds to a long list of deadly road mishaps that claim numerous lives along the country’s roads, and attributed mainly to reckless driving.
Last month, Kongwa district executive director Ngusa Izengo died after a tanker fell onto the car he was driving in the Mbande Makaravati area a few kilometres outside Dodoma municipality.
Izengo was reported to have been alone in the saloon vehicle which was damaged beyond recognition, making the task of retrieving his remains from within more difficult.