A ZIMBABWEAN COMMUNITY IN A WESTERN AUSTRALIA SUBURB is in mourning and a father is yet to know he has lost his entire family after a mother and her three children were killed in a horror head-on crash with a bus in the Goldfields.
Police have confirmed a woman (Emmert Moyo), two girls – (Tahila)aged nine and (Blessing) aged seven – and (Sandulo)a 12-month-old baby boy died when their small Hyundai Getz hatchback collided head-on with a 40-seater white Hino bus shortly before 7pm last night about 15km north of Kambalda on the Goldfields Highway.
In dark and wet conditions, police say it appears one of the vehicles veered onto the wrong side of the road and collided with the other vehicle on a bend.
WA has experienced a horror run on the roads recently, with these four deaths bringing the number of road fatalities since Friday to nine.
The young family were on their way home to Kambalda after attending church in Kalgoorlie when tragedy struck. It is reported the mother and her children are Zimbabwean nationals who had been living in WA for about two-and-a-half years.
Husband and father – Bongani Moyo, who had travelled to Zimbabwe has been notified and making plans to return to face the tragic reality of the perish of his entire family.
Friends of the mother were in shock today at the senseless tragedy, saying the young family would be terribly missed.
“I just wish it was just a dream and we’ll wake up and she’ll be just there,” one family friend told Nine News.
Another friend said: “We have come to be like one close family from Zimbabwe. Whatever happens to one we take as ours as well, so we still can’t believe it.”
Up to 20 families have gathered in Kalgoorlie tonight to mourn the loss of the young family with the Acting Police Minister John Day extending his condolences to the family.
Police say all three children were properly restrained. The bus driver and four mine workers on the bus were in shock but not badly injured.
Initially it was believed the horror crash had claimed three lives, but early this morning police found the body of a fourth victim, another child, close to the crash scene.
Kalgoorlie acting superintendent Rod Wilde said police were piecing together what occurred and urged any witnesses to contact police.
He said it would have been dark, the road wet and the crash occurred on a bend on the notoriously dangerous highway in a 110km/h zone.
“We’re still trying to work out exactly what’s taken place but the vehicles have collided head-on … and it appears one of the vehicles has gone to the incorrect side of the road and the collision has occurred,” Supt Wilde told 6PR Radio.