47 killed in horror crash

Blanche Robertson
November 8, 2018

FORTY seven people died on the spot Wednesday evening while dozens were injured in one of the most horrific accidents in Zimbabwean road transport history. The death toll could rise because there 80 others admitted to hospital, some with serious injuries.

Previous year at least 30 people were killed when two buses collided along the highway connecting the capital Harare and Bulawayo.

Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the accident.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has sent a message of condolences to families who lost their loved ones following the Rusape bus accident along the Harare-Mutare highway which occurred yesterday.

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One of the buses tried to pass two haulage trucks on a stretch of the road where overtaking is prohibited, resulting in the collision with an oncoming bus, Ellen Gwaradzimba, the provincial minister for Manicaland province, told the state broadcaster.

Nyathi said so deadly was the crash that police were, two hours later, still not sure how many people had been on the two buses. "We are saddened by the development", said Matiza. "We will have finer details tomorrow (Thursday)".

Road accidents are common in Zimbabwe, where highways are riddled with potholes due to years of neglect.

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