Head on collision between 2 buses kills 47 in Zimbabwe

47 killed on the spot in horrific Rusape bus crash

47 killed on the spot in horrific Rusape bus crash

SOUTH African President Cyril Ramaphosa has sent messages of condolence to the people and Government of Zimbabwe following a deadly head on collision of buses that claimed 47 lives.

The accident involving Bolt Cutter and Smart Express buses reportedly occurred at around 5.30pm.

Two long distance buses going opposite directions collided near Rusape, about 170km east of the capital Harare on Wednesday evening (local time), said police spokesman Paul Nyathi.

The accident occurred at Torish Farm, about 3km outside Rusape.

"I can confirm that so far 47 are dead and police are still attending to the scene", Nyathi said.

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"Makoni District Administrator and Chairman of the District Civil Protection Unit, Mr Darlington Museka says Rusape General Hospital Mortuary is now overwhelmed". "It is not something easy to accept and we are very saddened by this sad development in our district".

Pictures from the scene showed the two buses with bodies and luggage strewn across the road.

Well-wishers helped ferry the injured to hospital.

The driver of one of the buses was reportedly trying to overtake a haulage truck and encroached into the lane of the oncoming one, resulting in the accident. "The use of vehicles that are not roadworthy, or drivers who do not seem to care for passengers safety, amount to a criminal breach of trust between bus operators and the paying commuters who expect and deserve safe transit", he said.

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