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Five Perish In Road Mishap

Five people died on the spot while others sustained serious injuries late Saturday afternoon when a public transport combi they were travelling in lost control and overturned.
By Pini Bothoko Mon 03 Dec 2018, 18:00 pm (GMT +2)
The Monitor :: Five Perish In Road Mishap








The accident involving a combi from Molepolole to Takatokwane happened at around 5pm near Serinane.

The district traffic officer Superintendent Tuelo Komanyane confirmed the accident that killed two men and three women aged between seven and 57. He told The Monitor that it looks like the driver of the 16-seater combi lost control, which led to the vehicle overturning.

He added that majority of commuters are in a serious condition and admitted to Princess Marina Hospital’s (PMH) intensive care unit after they were referred from Scottish Livingstone Hospital.

Komanyane said only a few escaped with minor bruises as they were treated and released the same day.

“Due to the injuries they sustained, some were sent to Thebephatshwa Air Base clinic, some to Scottish Livingstone hospital and others were later referred to PMH. Investigations into the matter are ongoing to establish the cause of the accident,” he said.

“It appears that something went wrong that led to the accident. We are yet to establish the cause, as we are yet to interview the driver who is still hospitalised after sustaining serious injuries.”

Komanyane stated that they are also yet to find

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out if the vehicle had any mechanical faults or it was the driver’s mistake.

“I am hopeful that despite their injuries, commuters who escaped death will recover. Police are currently in the process of locating the deceased’s next of kin and post mortem will be carried out sometime this week,” said Komanyane.

He said since festive mood has started it looks like people’s excitement, including drivers, is of concern on the road something that calls for vigilance at all times.

“Like we always say, we encourage fellow citizens to exercise caution on the roads.

The message is loud and clear that fellow Batswana let us guard ourselves from falling victims to road accidents,” said Komanyane.

He said during holidays precious lives are lost on the road, but that can change if motorists consider obeying traffic sings and others on the road.

Police advise that vehicle road-worthiness is very crucial and also discouraged drinking and driving. They stated that fatal accidents could be avoided if all are disciplined on the roads.

Motorists have also been cautioned to drive with a minimum speed this festive season to avoid unnecessary accidents.

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