“At least 18 people died and 31 were seriously injured when two buses rammed into a stationary haulage vehicle in separate incidents in Chegutu along the Harare-Bulawayo highway,” around 80 kilometres (50 miles) west of Harare, Oliver Mandipaka told AFP.
“The first bus rammed into the truck and veered off the road killing seven people on the spot. Within seconds the second bus hit the same truck and killed six people.”
He said the other five were confirmed dead at a clinic in a nearby village and the Chegutu hospital where some of the injured were admitted, while others were taken to Harare.
Road accidents are among the major killers in Zimbabwe, where roads are in a state of disrepair, riddled with potholes due to years of neglect.
The disregard for safety regulations has seen some vehicles unfit for the streets cruising the country’s roads.
In March last year, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s was involved in a road accident that killed his wife Susan. In March this year, Finance Minister Tendai Biti survived a crash with a lorry. AFP