Friday, December 18, 2009

Ajali ya Basi Tanzania - Watu 20 Wamekufa!

Jamani, ni kweli hizi basi za mikoani zinaenda mwendo wa kasi mno. Hata nilivyokuwa nasifiri na mabasi mikoani majuzi mabasi yalikuwa yanaenda kasi na yanashindana na kupishana ovyo!

Hii basi iliyopta ajali, ilikuwa inatoka Nairobi kwenda Dar es Salaam. Watu 20 wamekufa na wengine 30 wameumia. Ni habari ya kutisha na kusikitisha.

At least 20 people died on the spot and more than 30 were injured, some seriously, after a bus moving from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam was involved in a collision with a minibus near Same in Kilimanjaro Region yesterday.

The vehicles involved in the smash were a Mohamed Trans bus with registration number T 810 AQM and a minibus with registration number T 845 BCB owned by Grace Maleko.

Kilimanjaro Regional Police Commander Lucas Ng’hoboko confirmed the tragic incident, saying the scene was four kilometers from Same township.

“So far, it has been confirmed that 19 people have been killed and scores severely injured in the crash,” he said, adding that none of the casualties had as yet been identified.

Same District Commissioner Ibrahim Marwa said the accident occurred at around 4:30pm, adding that 16 of those killed were in the minibus and three in the bus.

“This is one of the most grisly road accidents ever to occur in our district,” he added, with other reports saying none of the passengers in the minibus survived the smash.

Reports from the scene said that the driver of the Mohamed Trans bus lost control after one of the front tyres burst and, on impact, rammed into the minibus, which was moving from the opposite direction. However, this was not immediately confirmed.

The bodies of the deceased are preserved at Same District Hospital and Mawenzi Regional Hospital in Moshi.

Some of the survivors interviewed blamed the accident on speeding by both vehicles, but RPC Ng’hoboko said a progress report would be issued today “after thorough police investigations”.

Tanzania has a high incidence of fatal road traffic accidents, with the country recently officially ranked among those with the world’s deadliest roads. This prompted UN health officials to call on the government to tighten road safety regulations.

The Global Status Report on Road Safety released last month by the World Health Organisation showed that road users in Tanzania were more likely to be killed than in many other countries.

According to the report, the number of vulnerable road users killed in the country was worryingly high, with pedestrians constituting 37 per cent of all casualties.

Deaths by road user category in the country were said to include motor vehicle passengers (33 per cent), cyclists (17 per cent), motorbike/Bajaj riders (7 per cent) and motor vehicle drivers (6 per cent).

The report revealed that 34.3 out of every 100,000 people were killed on roads in Tanzania in 2007, a dismal record going by corresponding figures for neighbouring countries like Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Uganda and Zambia.


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