Speaking to Radio VOP on Wednesday, Midlands province police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko said:
“The driver of a Zebulon bus lost control after it was side swept by a truck which was going the opposite direction. Ten people died on the spot while two died on their way to hospital. The injured were taken to United Bulawayo Hospital and Mpilo in Bulawayo.”
Zimbabwe’s roads are in a state of disrepair with many littered with dangerous potholes as result of years of neglect and increased volume of traffic.
During the last 2012 December festive season more than 200 people were killed in road accident on the country’s roads. Police have since declared the season as the deadliest in the nation’s traffic history. During the 2011 Christmas period 147 people died.
But police say human error, more than anything, is responsible for most car 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.
According to official government estimates, the tollgates are raising $350 000 per week.