A head-on collision between two buses has killed 47 people in Zimbabwe. Shocking pictures showed bodies strewn along the road next to the mangled coaches. The long distance buses collided near Rusape, about 100 miles east of the capital Harare, while one was overtaking. The death toll could rise because 80 were admitted to hospital, some with serious injuries.
One of the buses tried to pass two haulage trucks on a stretch of the road where overtaking is prohibited, resulting in the collision with an oncoming bus. Both buses were speeding. Corpses have overwhelmed the small town’s morgue, which can only accommodate up to 16 bodies, reported the state-run Herald newspaper.
Bus accidents are frequent in Zimbabwe, where speeding often means more money for bus crews that compete for customers and try to make as many trips as possible per day. The road where the accident happened was recently resurfaced as part of government attempts at rehabilitating collapsing road infrastructure.