Six family members died in a road traffic accident in Masvingo yesterday, while four others died in another accident along the Harare-Mutare Highway.
In the Masvingo accident, two other people were seriously injured when a vehicle they were travelling in collided head-on with a bus that was avoiding another bus parked at the six-kilometre peg along the Masvingo-Beitbridge Road.
National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the accident, which occurred yesterday around 4.30pm.
“What I can confirm is that six family members perished this evening in Masvingo when a private car they were travelling in had a head-on collision with a bus which wanted to avoid another bus that was parked near Wimpy Service Station,” she said.
“Two others were injured and are in a critical condition at Masvingo General Hospital. We will give more details as investigations are in progress.”
According to witnesses, the family car, a Land Rover Discovery, collided with a Cartliner Bus which wanted to avoid another bus, suspected to have broken down, that was parked on the road near a curve.
In the Harare-Mutare Highway accident yesterday evening, police national spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi said the four passengers died on the spot, while several others were injured near Melfort when a Toyota Granvia they were travelling in burst a tyre, lost control and veered off the road.
“The vehicle overturned twice and killed four passengers on the spot,” said Chief Supt Nyathi
“We continue losing precious lives in road traffic accidents and it is disheartening. We urge drivers to exercise due diligence when travelling on our national roads. They should not overtake when it is not safe to do so.”