The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Festive Season Death Toll Rises to 200

The festive season death toll has risen to 200 after 20 more people died in separate road accidents countrywide between Thursday evening and yesterday morning, police have said. Police spokesperson Superintendent Andrew Phiri yesterday said four people were killed on Thursday when a Toyota Noah they were travelling in burst a tyre and overturned at the 74km peg along the Masvingo-Mbalabala Road.

Two people died on the spot while two others died at Zvishavane district hospital.

Of the seven who are in hospital, two are said to be in critical condition while the other five are said to be recovering well.

Supt Phiri said three other people died on the spot and 18 others were injured in a related incident when a Mazda Bongo commuter omnibus they were travelling in veered off the road at Nkenyani Bridge in Lower Gweru, plunging into the river.

Passengers of the Bongo alleged that the driver of the vehicle, which had Botswana registration plates, fell asleep resulting in the accident.

The injured were taken to Gweru provincial hospital.

This festive season has seen the police issuing 13 048 tickets for various traffic offences.

A total of 1244 accidents have been recorded, 111 of these were fatal and 977 people were left nursing injuries.

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2013 The Herald. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.