47 dead as buses collide in Zimbabwe

Lester Mason
November 9, 2018

A head-on collision between two buses has killed 47 people, where road accidents are common due to poor roads and bad driving.

The crash involved passenger buses - Smart Express and Bolt Cutter, the report added.

The accident between the two long-distance buses occurred near Rusape, about 170 kilometers (105 miles) east of the capital, Harare, on Wednesday evening, said police spokesman Paul Nyathi.

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

A district commissioner has since confirmed with state-media that the main mortuary in the area had been overwhelmed by the incident and that authorities had called for private assistance.

"The accident occurred at around 7pm close to the toll-gate as we approach Rusape".

By the time of going to press, Asst Comm Nyathi said police were still attending the accident scene and the number of deaths could rise.

District medical officer Dr Tendai Nyafesu said the general hospital mortuary had capacity for 16 bodies, but can be stretched to accommodate 36.

Shocking pictures showed bodies strewn along the road next to the mangled coaches.

The driver of one of the buses was reportedly trying to overtake a haulage truck and encroached into the lane of the oncoming one, resulting in the accident.

The buses, both of which were speeding, swerved but still sideswiped each other and crashed, police told the broadcaster.

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