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39 killed in road accidents


Thirty-nine people died in 11 road accidents that occurred over the long weekend, acting national traffic police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Luckmore Chakanza said yesterday.

We had 11 fatal accidents that killed 39 people and left many others injured, Chakanza said.
Fourteen died in the Mazowe kombi accident (on Friday) and four others died in a kombi accident in Kwekwe.

Others perished in accidents relating to other types of vehicles.

I dont have the number of people who were injured at the moment, but I can tell you that many people were injured in the fatal accidents.

On Africa Day, 13 apostolic faith church members from Warren Park and Dzvivaresekwa in Harare died on the spot when a Madziwa-bound commuter omnibus they were travelling in burst a front tyre.

According to police, the vehicle veered off the road, rammed into a tree and overturned at the 51km peg along the Harare-Bindura Road.

Chakanza said the death toll from that accident had since risen to 14.

Police have attributed most of the accidents to speeding, use of defective vehicles and fatigue on the part of passenger vehicle drivers.

Thirty-three people perished while 332 were injured in separate road accidents that occurred over the Easter holidays.

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