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Scores killed after buses collide head-on in Zimbabwe



Dozens of people were killed as a result of a collision between two buses in Zimbabwe.

Two long-distance buses going in opposite directions clashed near Rusape, about 105 miles east of the capital Harare on Wednesday evening.

buses have tried to overtake two transport trucks on a stretch of road where overtaking is forbidden, causing a collision with an incoming bus, said Ellen Gwaradzimba, the provincial minister of the province of Manicaland.

Women walk on the scene of a bus accident at Rusape (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi / AP)

Buses steered to avoid a frontal collision but their sides collided. Both buses were accelerating, police said.

The number of bodies has overwhelmed the morgue of the small city, which can only accommodate up to 16 bodies, according to the State-run Herald newspaper.

Bus accidents are common in the country, where over-speed often means more money for crews competing for customers and trying to make as many trips as possible per day.

The street in which the incident occurred was recently re-emerged as part of the government's attempts to improve collapsing road infrastructure. – Press Association


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