Police have released the names of the eight people who died in a road accident along the Bulawayo-Beitbridge highway on Sunday.
These are Brian Moyo (33), whose address is not known; Santisimo Jiyane a female adult of 260 Limpopo View in Beitbridge; Bradley Viyano, a male toddler aged approximately 1 year 2 months and a son to Santisimo Jiyane, Beloved Viyano, a male juvenile aged 5 years; Alice Ndou, a female adult aged 28 of 779 Dulibadzimu in Beitbridge, Rinavho Ndou, a female juvenile aged 6 years of 779 Dulibadzimu Beitbridge and daughter to Alice Ndou; Esau Muchichwa, a male adult of 2933 Dulibadzimu, Beitbridge and Tanaka Munjodzi, a male adult aged 25 of 666 Baobab, Beitbridge.
Witnesses told of a horrific moment as three of the victims who were trapped in the wreckage burned to death while motorists watched helplessly.
The Mercedes Benz was reportedly travelling towards Gwanda from Beitbridge with eight people on-board including the driver, while the haulage truck was travelling from Bulawayo to Beitbridge.
The incident occurred at around 3pm but the police only got the report two hours later.
When the news crew arrived at the scene, bodies of the dead had already been ferried to Beitbridge District Hospital mortuary.
Both vehicles had been reduced to shells. Several empty beer bottles could also be seen in the wreckage of the Mercedes Benz. The two vehicles had also blocked the road, forcing police officers to divert traffic to avoid another accident.
Witnesses said the driver of the smaller vehicle was spotted earlier in the day drinking beer in Beitbridge and died while holding on to a bottle of beer and the steering wheel.
Another witness said: "Three of the victims were trapped inside the Benz. They were screaming as they slowly burned to death. There was nothing anyone could do to assist them."