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Father and son, both truckers, and their family die in Beitbridge horrific crash

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A trucking father, his two sons – one of whom was also a truck driver who worked with him at Infinite Transport and three other people were killed when their Landrover Discovery collided head-on with an IVECO haulage truck outside Beitbridge on the Masvingo-Beitbridge highway on Tuesday morning.

The horrific accident claimed six lives, four from the same family, Baiton Jim (63), Tinashe Jim (33) (who both worked as truck drivers at Infinite Transport), Tawanda Jim (25) as well as Fadzayi Nyarawanda (20), who was recently married to Tawanda.

It’s alleged that Tawanda was driving the SUV when the accident happened at Tshapfuche, 30 kilometres outside Beitbridge on Tuesday morning around 04h40.

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The four were travelling back home from their base in South Africa to enjoy the Heroes Day holiday. Their Land Rover Discovery vehicle was crushed to a pile of metal, trapping them inside.

Other deceased was their family friends, identified as Dennis Muzondo (32) and Webster Muchenje (46), both of Ruwa who died on the spot.

The truck driver sustained minor injuries while his passenger was seriously injured.

The Jimu family from Brundish suburb in Chinhoyi is in shock following the tragic loss of its members.

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Father and son, both truckers, and their family die in Beitbridge horrific crash
Their Land Rover Discovery vehicle was crushed to a pile of metal, trapping them inside. Photo supplied

A distraught Shupikai Paulos Jim, sister to Baiton, said she was failing to come to terms with the untimely death of her elder brother, nephews and daughter-in-law.

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“This has been a devastating loss to us the Jimu and Nyandoro families. We were robbed of breadwinners. I am in pain,” she told New Zimbabwe.

Shupikai said her family was finding it difficult to raise adequate resources to fund the quartet’s funerals, which include ferrying corpses from Beitbridge to Chinhoyi, buying coffins and feeding mourners, among other expenses.

“We are appealing to everyone, all kind-hearted Zimbabweans, willing to assist to come forward so that this heavy burden is lessened and give our loved ones a decent send-off.”

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Moffat Kuenda, elder brother to Baiton, confirmed if all goes well the deceased will be laid to rest this Friday.

Mourners are gathered at the Jimu residence, while a separate funeral wake for Fadzayi is at her parents’ house also in Brundish.

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