Beta Buses, the company whose coach was involved in a horrific collision with a fuel tanker outside Mutare late Friday noon, has issued an apology to families of the deceased and those injured in the disaster.
The accident happened at the 242km peg along the Harare-Mutare highway.
Social media was quick to circulate images of the disaster with initial claims more than 50 passengers were burnt in the bus wreckage.
In a statement aimed at dismissing social media claims that eight people perished in the crash, the company also assured the public that its buses were safe transport in spite of the tragedy.
“All the injured passengers were taken to Mutare general hospital, we wish them a speed recovery. To the families of those that passed on we are very very sorry.*BETA BUSES are safe buses to travel on and we are committed to continue providing the best service,” said the company.
The company however said three people who include the driver of the truck died in the crash, somehow contradicting police reports four in fact died.
Police said the dead included two passengers on the bus, the tanker driver and his passenger.
The rest of the passengers managed to kick their way through emergency exits before the truck burst into a ball of fire, engulfing the bus in the process.
FULL STATEMENT BY BETA BUSES
As BETA BUSES we wish to clear the misinformation that is circulating on social media regarding the accident that happened on the 24th of December 2021 near Christmas pass.IT IS NOT TRUE THAT 8 OUT OF 72 PASSENGERS DIED. THE CORRECT POSITION IS 2 PASSENGERS AND THE DRIVER OF THE TANKER DIED Our bus was coming from Harare to Mutare, unfortunately 3 pedestrians who are believed to have been drunk just got into the road.
The driver tried to avoid running over them which he managed to do but in the process the bus collided with a fuel tanker that was coming from Mutare. People managed to come out of the bus save for 2 passengers who got trapped in the bus.
The driver of the tanker was as well trapped in his truck. Moments later the fuel tanker caught fire🔥and the trapped 2 passengers and the driver were killed in the fire. All the injured passengers were taken to Mutare general hospital, we wish them a speed recovery. To the families of those that passed on we are very very sorry.*BETA BUSES are safe buses to travel on and we are committed to continue providing the best service. BETA BUSES, KUFAMBA KUNENGE KUFONA