Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Two accidents kill 22 people

From The Citizen, Dar es Salaam
By Gasper Andrew, Iramba

At least 22 people died yesterday and more than 80 were injured in two fatal road accidents at Sekenke escapement in Singida Region and Chinangali in Dodoma.

In the first accident, a Scania bus operated by Zuberi company, is reported to have veered off the road and crashed after its brakes failed.

By noon yesterday, only one body had been identified. Bodies of 16 other passengers killed in the accident and the injured had not been identified. But among the dead, 12 were males and five females.

The body of Issa Mgeja from Shinyanga is preserved at Iramba hospital. The injured passengers were rushed to Singida regional hospital where 16 bodies of the dead passengers are preserved.

On reaching Singida, the driver of the ill-fated bus which was heading to Mwanza from Dar es Salaam, had cautioned the passengers that the bus was defective and needed repairs for it to proceed.

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