Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Tanzania: Simiyu accident toll rises to 15

The death toll from the road accident that involved a bus christened Lehuye Express Bus on the Tarime-Mwanza Highway on Monday has increased to 15, with the number of those injured standing at 44, the police force confirmed yesterday.

Simiyu Regional Police Commander (RPC) Charles Mkumbo told the 'Daily News' that nine bodies out of 15 have been identified.

Mr Mkumbo said that 33 casualties have been admitted at Bugando Referral Hospital in Mwanza, while 11 others are being attended at Magu District Hospital. Their condition has been described as 'still appalling.'

Mr Mkumbo noted that the owner of the bus, with registration number T 410 AWQ was arrested at around 10am yesterday while the driver is still missing.

"We have held the owner of the bus, Masalu Jackson (37). He is under police custody for interrogation.

We are still doing our best to ensure that the driver is also brought to book," he said.

The bus that was travelling from Tarime to Mwanza veered off the road before hitting a house at Ichimira in Itwimila village, Busega District in Simiyu Region, killing at least ten people on the spot.

Wednesday 23 April 2014


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