A head-on collision between two buses has killed 47 people, where road accidents are common due to poor roads and bad driving.

Women walk by the scene of a bus crash in Rusape about 170 kilometres east of the capital Harare, Thursday, Nov.  8, 2018. A head-on collision between two buses has killed 47 people, where road accidents are common due to poor roads and bad driving. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Women walk by the scene of a bus crash in Rusape about 170 kilometres east of the capital Harare, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. A head-on collision between two buses has killed 47 people, where road accidents are common due to poor roads and bad driving. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Two long distance buses going opposite directions collided near Rusape, about 170 kilometers (105 miles) east of the capital Harare on Wednesday evening, said police spokesman Paul Nyathi. The death toll could rise because there 80 others admitted to hospital, some with serious injuries.

People react after hearing news about their relatives, after a bus crash in Rusape about 170 kilometres east of the capital Harare, Thursday, Nov.  8, 2018. A head-on collision between two buses has killed 47 people, where road accidents are common due to poor roads and bad driving. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
People react after hearing news about their relatives, after a bus crash in Rusape about 170 kilometres east of the capital Harare, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. A head-on collision between two buses has killed 47 people, where road accidents are common due to poor roads and bad driving. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

One of the buses tried to pass two haulage trucks on a stretch of the road where overtaking is prohibited, resulting in the collision with an oncoming bus, Ellen Gwaradzimba, the provincial minister for Manicaland province, told the state broadcaster. Both buses were speeding, she said.

A woman who survived a bus crash receives treatment in Rusape about 170 kilometres east of the capital Harare, Thursday, Nov.  8, 2018. A head-on collision between two buses has killed 47 people, where road accidents are common due to poor roads and bad driving. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A woman who survived a bus crash receives treatment in Rusape about 170 kilometres east of the capital Harare, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. A head-on collision between two buses has killed 47 people, where road accidents are common due to poor roads and bad driving. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

The number of dead bodies have overwhelmed the small town’s morgue, which can only accommodate up to 16 bodies, reported the state-run Herald newspaper.

A woman who survived a bus crash receives treatment in Rusape about 170 kilometres east of the capital Harare, Thursday, Nov.  8, 2018. A head-on collision between two buses has killed 47 people, where road accidents are common due to poor roads and bad driving. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
A woman who survived a bus crash receives treatment in Rusape about 170 kilometres east of the capital Harare, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. A head-on collision between two buses has killed 47 people, where road accidents are common due to poor roads and bad driving. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Bus accidents are frequent in this southern African country, where speeding often means more money for bus crews that compete for customers and try to make as many trips as possible per day.

Klavan Munyisa who is 3 months old  lays in a hospital bed after surviving a bus crash in Rusape about 170 kilometres east of the capital Harare, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. A head-on collision between two buses has killed 47 people, where road accidents are common due to poor roads and bad driving. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Klavan Munyisa who is 3 months old lays in a hospital bed after surviving a bus crash in Rusape about 170 kilometres east of the capital Harare, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. A head-on collision between two buses has killed 47 people, where road accidents are common due to poor roads and bad driving. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

The road where the accident happened was recently resurfaced as part of government attempts at rehabilitating collapsing road infrastructure.

Source: The Associated Press

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