The fugitive Beta Buses driver, who last Friday disappeared from the scene of a head-on collision with a fuel tanker leaving some of his passengers burning to death, has been arrested.
Police confirmed the arrest via their official Twitter handle this Thursday.
“The ZRP confirms the arrest of Philip Tawanda Chirindo (34), the driver of a Beta Bus who escaped after a fatal road traffic accident involving a Freightliner fuel tanker and a Yutong bus which occurred on 24/12/21 at the 242 km peg along Harare-Mutare Rd,” police said.
“The suspect who is being charged for Contravening Section 49 of the Criminal Law (Codification & Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 a.r.w section 64 (3) of the Rd Traffic Act Chapter 11: 13 ‘Culpable Homicide’, surrendered himself to the Police on 29/12/21 and will appear in court soon.”
The dead included three passengers on the bus, the tanker driver and his passenger.
The rest of the passengers kicked emergency exit panels and helped others to escape before the loaded tanker burst into flames which also engulfed the bus.
Initial police reports Sunday indicated the bus driver fled the scene together with his conductor.
Meanwhile, Transport Minister Felix Mhona Thursday visited the scene of the fatal accident.
He later posted on Twitter, “I visited the accident scene where a Beta bus was involved in an accident with a haulage truck near Christmas in Mutare. I implored drivers to observe and obey traffic rules and regulations to save life especially during this festive season.”
I visited the accident scene where a Beta bus was involved in an accident with a haulage truck near Christmas in Mutare. I implored drivers to observe and obey traffic rules and regulations to save life especially during this festive season@MinistryofTID @tscz1 @PoliceZimbabwe pic.twitter.com/Mny15jlCyV
— Felix Tapiwa Mhona (@MhonaFelix) December 30, 2021