Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tanzania: British Tourist, 29, Killed, South African Finance Critically Injured After Being Hit by Bus

Christine Hemchie, 29, a British national, was among three people who died after being hit by a bus in an accident that involved three vehicles and several horse riders on Saturday morning (January 26). 

Two Tanzanians, Charles Mahugija, 60, and Willy Masanja, 55, both being residents of Samuye village, were also killed in the tragic accident.

An estimated 25 others were seriously injured, most of them spectators attracted by the British and South African horse riders passing through Isela village in Shinyanga region. 

When the bus hit the group, Ms. Hemchie died while riding with her fiance, William Arthur, 43, a South African, who was critically wounded.

COMMENT: The tourists were on a tour across the continent that started in Tunisia on the southward bound to South Africa. Before the accident, the couple had already traveled in nine African countries.

The residents killed and severely injured were cheering on the passing team of horse riders from Britain and South Africa who were on an Across-Africa mission on horseback.

Our prayers and condolences go out to the families of those killed and injured.