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Harare -Masvingo accident death toll continues to rise; six minors identified

By Staff Writer

The number of fatalities in the Harare-Masvingo road traffic accident has risen from 15 to 16.

This followed the death of an injured passenger at Chitungwiza Hospital.

The fatal incident, which occurred near Beatrice at the 52-kilometer peg, involved a haulage truck and a Mercedes Sprinter carrying 44 passengers.

The truck initially struck a VW Polo and subsequently collided head-on with the Sprinter, which was en route to a church event in Chivhu.
Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) spokesperson Paul Nyathi confirmed the increase in deaths.

On Saturday, Nyathi said the haulage truck, travelling towards Harare without passengers, rear-ended the VW Polo, also passenger-less and bound for Harare.

The impact caused the truck to swerve into opposing traffic, leading to the tragic confrontation with the Sprinter.

“The passengers were members of Angels Family Apostolic Church who were on their way to Makumumavi Shrine, Chivhu,” Nyathi said.

“The injured victims are admitted at Chitungwiza Hospital, whilst the bodies of the victims were conveyed to Chivhu General Hospital mortuary for postmortem.”

Nyathi urged motorists to remain vigilant, adhere to speed limits, and comply with all road rules and regulations to prevent further loss of life.

The names of the identified victims have been released by the police, while efforts are underway to identify the remaining five victims through their next of kin.

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