Ten people were killed and 44 others seriously wounded yesterday after the bus they were travelling in rammed into a house in Simiyu Region. The accident involving a bus called Luhuye Express which trades between Bunda District in Mara Region and Mwanza, occurred few minutes before noon, after the driver lost control of the speeding bus, hitting a tree before ramming into a house. Police say the driver of the ill-feted bus which occurred at Itwilima village in Busega District, escaped after the accident and police in the region have mounted a manhunt to bring him to book. “We are pursuing him and we will bring him to book,” said Mr Charles Mkumbo, Simiyu Region Police Commander.
Simiyu Regional Commissioner Mr Pachal Mabiti said ten people died on the spot while the 11th, a middle-aged woman died as she was rushed to Bugando referral hospital for specialized treatments.
“Most of the casualties are receiving treatments at Bugando referral hospital as the Magu District Hospital could not handle the severity of the injuries…most of them are in critical condition,” Mr Mabiti said.
Witnesses say the driver was speeding which eventually led to him losing control crashing a tree before it veered off the road and finally ramming into a house.
“The bus was in high speed….i was frightened when I saw it,” said Ms Pauline Ruge, the owner of the house adding; “I saw it hit a tree before ramming into my house.”
Ms Ruge said that after the accident she saw bodies being retrieved from the ill-feted bus.
The RC Mr Mabiti called upon owners of the buses to ensure they are in good shape before taking them in the roads.
He asked relatives to go to Bugando hospital mortuary to identify their loved ones.
The Busega accident comes barely a month after two accidents claimed 35 lives in a space of 24 hours at the end of last month.
A least 21 people died in Rufiji District while 14 were killed at Makupa Village in Same District, Kilimanjaro Region in an almost similar head-on-collision. The two were the worst road accidents this year, claiming in less than two days the lives of mostly youthful cattle dealers in the Rufiji case and equally young and dependable mothers in Hedaru who were travelling to join relatives and friends at a funeral vigil following the death of a loved one in a nearby village. The three accidents in a space of one month rekindles the now common experience of road carnage that have crippled the country lives of innocent civilians.