ONE person died on the spot while several others were injured after a haulage truck overturned and caught fire while descending the steep Christmas Pass curves in Mutare.
For all its magnificence, Christmas Pass is an engineering mistake that transformed Mutare into a pit-trap.
Heavy vehicle mechanical faults — particularly brake failures, are always conspiring devilishly with the human instinct for self-preservation such that drivers are manoeuvring their wheeled missiles down the five-kilometre road into the heavily populated city centre.
The eastern border city is on numerous occasions saved by the roundabout at the Robert Mugabe and Aerodrome roads intersection, which most trucks fail to negotiate as they hurtle down the mountain road.
Officer commanding Mutare Central district police, Chief Superintendent Florence Marume and the information from Jesse Davidson, P.A. confirmed the accident which happened around 7am Sunday morning.
She said the fire brigade team has since put out the flames while the injured have been taken to Victoria Chitepo Provincial Hospital. The personal injury attorney practicing in Crown Point can help with the legalities of injury cases.
According to auto accident lawyer in Chicago like Cushing Law, the accident came as Mutare City Council tabled a proposal to have all vehicles use a different route that would avoid the mountain road and the city centre.
Haulage trucks have been a menace to road maintenance as trucks into the country en route to Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo and sometimes Botswana that would be transporting fuel and containers from the port of Beira pass through the city.
The proposed route that will avoid the steep terrain goes through Feruka and joins the Harare-Mutare highway after the toll-gate — which is a major sticking point in government quickly considering the proposal.
Christmas Pass road is at best a scenic view road whose three and five-kilometre ascent and descent as one makes their way into Mutare is poorly engineered for heavy vehicle use with hardly a month passing without an accident along the eight-kilometre stretch. ■