Six security personnel, three Zimbabwe Republic Police officers and three Zimbabwe National Army soldiers, died on Tuesday along the Harare-Chirundu Road after the vehicle they were travelling in rammed into a haulage truck.
The accident involved a Toyota Hilux which had 14 occupants and the haulage truck which had three. The accident occurred at the 41km peg along the highway near Inkomo Barracks in Nyabira.
National police traffic spokesperson Inspector Tigere Chigome confirmed the accident and said 10 other passengers were injured and were recovering at Parirenyatwa Hospital while another escaped unhurt in the horrific accident.
Chigome said: “The accident occurred at 17:15hours along the Harare-Chirundu Road involving a haulage truck which was travelling towards Chinhoyi and a Toyota Hilux which was a police vehicle travelling towards Harare.
“The Toyota Hilux driver lost control of the vehicle and veered to the right side of the road and collided with the haulage truck headed for Chinhoyi, causing the death of two soldiers and one police officer on the spot. Two other police officers died on admission at Parirenyatwa Hospital.”
The names of the deceased are being withheld until their next of kin have been informed.