Zim horror accident: Bus was headed to SA, 'completely incinerated'

Lester Mason
November 16, 2018

Fire swept through a passenger bus in Zimbabwe, killing more than 40 people and injuring at least 20, some of whom suffered severe burns, authorities said Friday.

Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba confirmed a death toll of more than 40.

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation published photographs showing the destroyed vehicle on a highway from the South African border crossing to the second city Bulawayo.

Unconfirmed reports indicated that a "substance" believed to have been petrol or gas could have been behind the explosion.

The injured witnesses said that a gas smell engulfed the bus which was travelling from Zvishavane to Beitbridge via Filabusi and when the bus conductor switched on the lights to check that's when the bus caught fire.

Last week, a collision between two buses in Zimbabwe killed 50 people and injured about 80.

It is suspected a gas tank which caused the inferno belonged to one of the passengers.

Zimbabwe's roads have become death traps and only Thursday President Emmerson Mnangagwa told a police pass-out parade that plans are afoot to install cameras at all intersections as well as along the highways to curb fatalities on the roads.

Zimbabwe Police have confirmed the accident.

In June a year ago, 43 people were killed in a bus crash in the north, on a highway leading to Zambia.

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