Zimbabwe bus fire: More than 40 people killed in blaze on Bulawayo-Beitbridge highway

Cause of tragedy as yet unknown but pictures show vehicle was completely incinerated

Friday 16 November 2018 09:35
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Remains of a bus involved in an accident which killed 40 people in Zimbabwe
Remains of a bus involved in an accident which killed 40 people in Zimbabwe

Police in Zimbabwe say more than 40 people have been killed in an horrific bus accident.

Spokeswoman Charity Charamba says another 20 were injured - some with severe burns - in the incident on Thursday night.

Pictures posted online by the Zimbabwe Red Cross showed the double-decker vehicle, which was travelling on the Bulawayo-Beitbridge highway, had been entirely incinerated in a fire.

An accompanying tweet said the organisation's "first aid teams responded to a horrific accident around midnight at the 56km peg from Gwanda towards Beitbridge involving a South African bound bus".

The cause of the tragedy remains unknown.

It follows barely a week after some 47 passengers were killed in another bus accident in the country. In the earlier incident, on 7 November, two long-distance coaches going in opposite directions collided head on and at spend near the town of Rusape.

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