33 die in Zim accident

2009-08-02 16:00
Harare - At least 33 people were killed and several others injured when a bus overturned after colliding with a truck south of the capital on Sunday, state radio reported.

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation quoted police spokesperson Andrew Phiri as saying "a passenger in the truck died on the spot while the other 32 died after the bus overturned".

He said the accident occurred as the bus driver was trying to overtake a vehicle in front of an oncoming truck. The bus had been travelling from Harare to the southern town of Masvingo.

The injured were taken to hospitals in Harare and Chivhu, according to the radio report.

Road accidents are among the major killers in Zimbabwe where roads are in a state of disrepair, including huge potholes, after years of neglect.

Abuse of regulations has seen some unroadworthy vehicles carrying passengers.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's wife died on March 6 while Tsvangirai himself suffered head and facial injuries in an accident on the same road as the latest accident.

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