SIX SWEPT OFF FLOODED BRIDGE | Six people have been swept away as they pushed a vehicle that was stuck in the middle of a bridge on a flooded river in Chiredzi.


The other 14 who were also pushing the same truck managed to swim to safety. The police sub aqua team had by yesterday evening retrieved one body and is continuing with the search.National police spokesperson, Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident yesterday, which occurred at Chongwe Bridge in Chiredzi on Wednesday evening.

“On December 14, at about 8PM, a Mazda Titan truck was travelling along the Chiredzi-Maware Road towards Maware Ranch with 19 passengers on board. On trying to cross Chongwe Bridge, which was overflowing, the vehicle’s engine suddenly switched off in the middle of the bridge.

“The passengers went out in a bid to push the truck to the other side of the bridge. Suddenly the water levels rose resulting in six people being swept away,” said Chief Supt Nyathi.

He said 14 people including the driver managed to swim to safety.“So far one body has been retrieved from the stream and the police sub aqua team has intensified the search for the remaining bodies,” said Chief Supt Nyathi.