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The driver of a heavy goods vehicle involved in an accident that left 43 people injured, including five seriously, has been on the run in central Mozambique since Friday, police have said.
The six-vehicle pile-up, involving four passenger vehicles, occurred in the Vanduzi district of Manica province, when the long-haul truck crashed into the back of a crowded minibus, propelling it into other vehicles.
Manica police spokeswoman Elsidia Filipe said the accident happened on the N6 near the bridge over the Buemalanga River where road works were taking place, and the driver of the truck had fled the scene and not been seen since.
The road there is under construction and involves a steep descent. The surface is uneven, and it is suspected that the truck driver was unable to slow down and crashed into vehicles waiting to cross the bridge in a single lane.
“The causes of the accident are not yet clear,” Filipe said. The vehicles were heading towards Manica, and the victims were treated at the Chimoio Provincial Hospital.
Hospital director Araújo Patrício told Lusa that a patient with a fractured pelvis had been transferred to Beira Central Hospital, while the rest of the hospitalised victims were in a stable condition. Many had been given simple first aid and discharged.Source: Lusa
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