Horror bus crush along the Harare-Mutare Highway claims 47 lives

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By Staff Reporter

FORTY-SEVEN people, 45 adults and two children were killed, while 70 others were injured when two buses collided head-on at the 166-kilometre peg along the Harare-Mutare Highway yesterday evening.

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

National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the accident, which happened at Torrish farm, some 3km outside Rusape.

Makoni district administrator said Rusape General Hospital mortuary was overwhelmed and they had engaged Nyaradzo Funeral Services for assistance.

Meanwhile, District medical officer Dr Tendai Nyafesu said the general hospital mortuary has capacity for 16 bodies, but can be stretched to accommodate 36.

According to an eyewitness, the driver of the Smart Express bus was trying to overtake a haulage truck and encroached into the lane of the oncoming bus, resulting in the head-on collision.

The driver and conductor of the Smart  Express bus survived and are said to have fled the scene.

 

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