A driver for a Bulawayo-bound Greyhound bus was yesterday crushed to death in a freak accident that happened at Beitbridge Border Post as he attended to a tyre puncture. It is understood that the tyre deflated at around 1PM when customs officers were searching the bus. The driver was trapped as he attempted to put a second vehicle jack, when the first onegave in.
Border authorities said the driver was later pulled out by other travellers and taken to Beitbridge District Hospital where he was pronounced dead upon admission.
“The bus was travelling from Johannesburg in South Africa to Bulawayo. The now deceased had his left upper chest trapped under the bus for a few minutes before some travellers pulled him out,” said an official.
Police are yet to release the driver’s name. Matabeleland South police spokesman, Inspector Philisani Ndebele said he was yet to get details on the incident. An official at the bus company’s Bulawayo office promised to respond to inquiries from Chronicle, but had not done so by late last night.