Three Gweru City Council employees died on the spot when a vehicle they were travelling in was involved in an accident.
The trio was on duty as they were going to repossess a Toyota D4D Double Cab vehicle that was in the possession of former director of engineering services Engineer Robson Manatsa.
Eng Manatsa resigned in July and allegedly went with the vehicle he was using as a condition of service.
The vehicle they were travelling in burst its right front tyre, veered off the road, overturned and hit some trees.
Confirming the accident, National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said the accident occurred on Friday around 1 PM at the 98km peg along the Harare-Masvingo road.
“I can confirm that there was a fatal road accident which occurred at the 98km peg along Harare- Masvingo road. A vehicle with three occupants on approaching the kilometre peg veered off the road and hit a tree after one of its tyres burst. The driver lost control of the vehicle. The driver and the two other occupants died on the spot,” he said.
Gweru City council spokesperson Ms Vimbai Chingwaramuse confirmed that the trio was on duty on their way to Harare to repossess a council vehicle:
“I can confirm the untimely passing of three of our municipal police officers who died in a road traffic accident around the Featherstone area along Harare-Chivhu road. They were on their way to Harare to tow back a council vehicle when the accident happened. We are still in a state of shock. We just heard that they had been involved in a road traffic accident and details are still sketchy, she said.”
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