Thupeyo Muleya Beitbridge Bureau
FOUR Zimbabweans were killed while 29 others were injured yesterday morning when the driver of an Eagleliner cross border bus they were travelling in lost control, causing the vehicle to overturn.
The accident happened near Louis Trichardt town in South Africa’s Limpopo Province.
Limpopo police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Ronel Otto said the crash occurred at around 10AM near Witvlag turnoff along the N1 highway.
She said the bus was travelling from Zimbabwe to Johannesburg with 65 people on board including the bus crew.
“The bus was travelling to Johannesburg and when it was near Witvlag turn off the driver lost control resulting in it overturning killing four people (two male and two female) instantly,” she said.
“Twenty nine other people escaped with minor injuries while another 32 were unhurt.”
She said the deceased were taken to a local mortuary while the injured were undergoing treatment at Louis Trichardt Memorial Hospital.
Col Otto said they were yet to notify the deceased’s next of kin. She said further investigations into the accident were underway.
The latest accident brings to 24 the total number of Zimbabweans who have died in road accidents along the N1 highway in the last 12 months.
The N1 highway is one of the busiest roads in South Africa as it links that country to the rest of Africa and it is the route a lot of commercial cargo passes through.
The road has also become a death trap for Zimbabweans and other travellers.