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Zimbabwe: 47 die in horror crash | World News

Seven seven people were killed in Zimbabwe when two buses collided on a road between the capital Harare and the…

Seven seven people were killed in Zimbabwe when two buses collided on a road between the capital Harare and the eastern city of Rusape.

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

On Twitter, the state heraldic newspaper told us that images from the scene were too graphic to post.

The newspaper mentioned the morning at the local public hospital in Rusape had completed space and sought help from a private funeral agency to take in some of the bodies.

Zimbabwe map shows harare and rusape

Traffic accidents are common in Zimbabwe, where roads are riddled with potholes due to years of underfunding and neglect, but the highway where the accident occurred had recently resurrected.

In June last year, 43 people were killed in a bus accident in the northern part of the country, along the highway leading to neighboring Zambia.

Deputy Minister of Transport Fortune Chasi said the government would take measures to limit road carnage.

“Absolutely unnecessary loss of life. This event should be the last before strict action is taken”, he tweeted and promised to empty public transport vehicles and their owners.

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