Zimbabwe bus crash: At least 47 people killed in collision on Harare-Mutare highway

Horror crash overwhelms local morgue and death toll could rise

Thursday 08 November 2018 10:13
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File image of a bus in Zimbabwe. Crashes are common due to poor infrastructure and speeding
File image of a bus in Zimbabwe. Crashes are common due to poor infrastructure and speeding

A head-on collision between two buses has killed 47 people in Zimbabwe, police have said.

Two long distance buses going in opposite directions collided near Rusape, a small town about 170 kilometres (105 miles) east of the capital Harare on Wednesday evening.

“We confirm 47 people have died in a road traffic accident at the 166-km peg along the Harare-Mutare highway,” police spokesman Paul Nyathi said.

He added the death toll could rise because there are several others with serious injuries.

The large number of bodies has overwhelmed Rusape’s morgue, the state-run newspaper the Herald reported.

On Twitter the paper said pictures from the scene of the crash were too graphic to post and estimated “scores have been injured”.

Road crashes are common in Zimbabwe where road conditions are poor, and where bus operating companies frequently drive at high speed in order to make as many trips as possible each day.

The road where the accident happened was recently resurfaced as part of government attempts at rehabilitating collapsing road infrastructure.

Agencies contributed to this report

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