At least 50 Zimbabweans were injured, some of them seriously when the driver of a Greyhound bus they were travelling in lost control and overturned near Luis Trichardt town in South Africa’s Limpopo Province yesterday
Sources in that country said the incident occurred at around 2am, a few kilometres from the town’s Central Business District along the N1 Highway.
The bus was travelling from Johannesburg to Bulawayo, with 50 people on board, including the bus crew.
Limpopo police spokesperson Colonel Moatse Ngoepe, said doctors were still assessing the nature of injuries to the victims at Luis Trichardt Memorial Hospital.
He said no deaths were reported.
“Further investigations into the accident are still in progress.
Some of the people were seriously injured while others have minor wounds.
Verifications have been done and most of them are Zimbabweans who were travelling from Johannesburg,” he said.
Col Ngoepe said the bus wreckage had been removed from the accident scene.
He urged motorists and other road users to always abide by the road traffic regulations so as to avoid unnecessary loss of life.
The accident comes a few months after four family members were killed while two others were critically injured when a Land Rover they were travelling in was involved in a head-on collision with a haulage truck along the N1 Highway between Makhado and Musina towns in South Africa.
At least 40 Zimbabweans have been killed in road accidents between Johannesburg city and Musina town in the last six 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 which handles a lot of commercial cargo movement.
The road has also become a death trap for Zimbabweans and citizens of countries north of the Limpopo and Zambezi rivers.