Head on Collision Between 2 Buses Kills 47 in Zimbabwe

November 8, 2018 Updated: November 8, 2018

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

Two long-distance buses going opposite directions collided near Rusape, about 170 kilometers (105 miles) east of the capital Harare on the evening of Nov. 7, said police spokesman Paul Nyathi. The death toll could rise because 80 others are admitted to the hospital, some with serious injuries.

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. Both buses were speeding, she said.

The number of dead bodies have overwhelmed the small town’s morgue, which can only accommodate up to 16 bodies, reported the state-run Herald newspaper.

Bus accidents are frequent in this southern African country, where speeding often means more money for bus crews that compete for customers and try to make as many trips as possible per day.

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

By Farai Mutsaka