Speaking at the scene, Shinyanga Regional Traffic Officer, Athony Gwandu said the accident occurred at 9 am. He named the deceased as Paulina Obedi (12) and the motorbike driver who was identified by one name as Saidi, a resident of Busongwa village in the region.
Gwandu said all the injured persons were rushed to Shinyanga referral hospital for treatment while the rescued passengers continued with the journey aboard another passenger bus. He said the Bright Line bus had carried 55 passengers from Mwanza.
“May I take this opportunity to remind all drivers including ‘bodaboda’ riders to adhere to traffic regulations to avoid road crashes”, said the RTO.
Matei Onyango, a bus passenger said: “the driver was properly driving but suddenly the motorbike driver came in between forcing our driver to move on the other side of the road and collide with another car”.
Onyango who was travelling with his two sons from Mwanza to Igunga in Tabora said most of the passengers sustained minor injuries.
On December 29th 2019, six people died on the spot in a road crash that involved a lorry T 364 AZZ and a passenger bus—T 846 AYU.
Dodoma Regional Police Commander, Gilles Muroto said the accident which occurred near Martin Luther secondary school when a Lorry driver was attempting to avoid a pothole thus knocking the passenger bus from behind.
Statistics from the Traffic Police Division shows that at least eight accidents occurred every day in the country from January to July 2019, lower than the average of 11 accidents that occurred during the same period in 2018.
Deaths toll stood at 744 during the first half of 2019, which is a 25 percent decrease. In the same period of the previous year, 994 deaths were recorded.
The number of road accidents in the country dropped by 27 percent, to 1,517, between January and June 2019 compared to 2,094 accidents during the same period last year.
A total of 1,529 persons were injured in accidents during the first half of 2019, a 27 per cent drop from 2,108 who were injured during the same period in 2018.
According to the Traffic Police Division, motorbike riders came second on the list of causes of road accidents, while over speeding and carelessness of pedestrians came third and fourth respectively.