“There was a tyre burst and the vehicle veered off the road before smashing on a tree killing 13 people who were on board,police spokesperson Superintendent Ephraim Nyakata said.
The Bindura accident comes barely a month after other two fatal accidents occurred along Harare-Beitbrdge and Bulawayo-Beitbridge highways respectively. The Harare-Beitbrdge accident left 21 people dead in after a Mega-Link bus, overturned near Ngundu while 12 people were also killed in a deadly accident along the Bulawayo-Beitbridge highway that left their remains in ashes after a head collision.
Most of the Zimbabwe roads are in a state of disrepair with many littered with dangerous potholes as result of years of neglect and increased volume of traffic beyond designed carrying capacity.
Hundreds of Zimbabweans including some senior government leaders have perished in road accidents that experts have largely blamed on the poor state of roads. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s wife Susan Tsvangirai also perished in car accident along Harare- Masvingo highway in March 2009.
It is believed that the number of the people who have died in traffic accidents is much higher than that of the people who have died of HIV-Aids or any other disease.
Statistics from the Zimbabwe Traffic Police show that road accident fatalities have increases from 35 deaths per thousand accidents to 45 deaths per thousand accidents.
According to the ministry of transport, 30 percent of the country’s roads require rehabilitation, while the remainder needs periodic maintenance.
Zimbabwe introduced tollgates in August 2009 as a way of mobilising resources for the rehabilitation and maintenance of the country’s road network.
Small vehicle road users pay US$1 to cross the tollgates, while buses and lorries pay $5. Motorbike and cyclists do not pay anything.
According to official government estimates, the tollgates are raising $350 000 per week.