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Forty-eight people were injured, seven seriously, in two road accidents involving minibuses on National Highways 1 and 2 in Maputo province on Wednesday afternoon.
According to Fernando Manhiça, spokesperson for the Maputo police provincial command, fatigue, foolhardy overtaking and speeding were the main causes of the two road accidents.
The first incident occurred near the Nhongonhane health centre in the Marracuene district of EN1 when a 30-seat Toyota Coaster with the registration plate AFO833MP travelling from Xai- Xai to Maputo, crashed head-on into a 15-seat minibus with the license plate AFD720MP travelling in the opposite direction.
Manhiça told reporters that fatigue on the part of 40-years-old Coaster driver Armando M., was thought to be the cause of the accident that injured 20, three seriously.
The second accident occurred in Boane district near the waterfall area on the EN2 when a Volkswagen car with the registration ND-169-860, travelling at high speed in the Namaacha to Maputo direction, crashed into a Toyota Hiace, registration MMB 67-24, injuring 28, of whom four seriously injured were evacuated to Matola Provincial Hospital.
The vehicles were driven by J. Orlando and J. Salomão, aged 35 and 32 respectively.
Manhiça also revealed that, during the last 24 hours, five motorists had been arrested for attempted bribery when they were caught by law and order agents driving while drunk and for having accumulated unpaid fines.
Over the weekend, 1,063 vehicles were inspected, 266 fines handed and 85 licences confiscated from drivers who were disqualified from driving due to repeated infringements.Source: Notícias