Five killed, several injured in Njombe bus crash

FIVE people including a child aged between eight to nine years have died and several others injured following the tragic car crash that happened in Igando village, Wanging’ombe District in Njombe Region on Wednesday.

According to Njombe Regional Police Commander (RPC) John Imori, the accident involved bus christened New Force with registration number T173 DZU heading to Rukwa Region from Dar es Salaam after it veered off the road and plunged into a ditch.

RPC Imori said that preliminary cause of the accident was recklessness of the bus driver who was overtaking a truck without taking necessary precautions.

“The bus was coming from Dar es Salaam heading to Rukwa Region when it arrived at Igando village, where the bus driver attempted to overtake the truck on the bridge…he lost control and hit the bridge perimeter before the bus took a plunge into the ditch

“At the moment (yesterday) we are at the scene of the incident, we do not know the exact number of casualties but we have five dead bodies including four men and one child,” he said.

The RPC said the causalities have been taken to Ilembula Mission Hospital in Njombe.

He said police force was still investigating the cause of the incident.

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