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TRAGEDY struck a wedding party in Bulawayo yesterday when three bridesmaids sustained injuries after a vehicle they were travelling in veered off the road and plunged into a ditch. The bride, who was meant to be travelling in the same vehicle, was somehow persuaded not to board the ill-fated car at the last minute. A woman, who declined to talk to The Chronicle, cried uncontrollably at the accident scene.
The wedding was slated for today.
The three bridesmaids and a decorator were rushed to Mpilo Central Hospital with some injuries when the driver of a vehicle they were travelling in failed to negotiate a curve along Old Khami Road near Delta Beverages.
The four were said to have been on their way to Barham Green suburb for last minute preparations ahead of today’s wedding. It was not clear late yesterday if the wedding would go ahead as scheduled.
The name of the bride could not be immediately established. When The Chronicle arrived at the scene, ambulances had rushed the four accident victims to hospital for treatment. Scores of people disembarked from their vehicles to get a glimpse of the wreckage. On seeing the car, which was a write-off, some people said it was God’s mercy that the four had survived.
“Is there anyone in the car?” asked one woman before breaking down in tears. She was comforted by those who had accompanied her. A relative who spoke to The Chronicle but declined to be named said the bride was also supposed to have been in the car.
“She could have been in the car as well and we don’t know what we would be doing now. But we stopped her from boarding the vehicle saying umakoti wethu (our bride) stays with us today. They’re supposed to be getting married tomorrow,” said the relative.
He did not disclose whether the wedding would continue or not. “They are now in hospital but we’re hopeful that they will recover,” he said before dashing into a car. Nqobile Tshili source-Chronicle