22 dead in minibus taxi-truck collision in Zimbabwe

Two others were injured and taken to a hospital after the accident

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Image used for illustrative purpose. — AP file
Image used for illustrative purpose. — AP file

Published: Wed 15 Nov 2023, 8:43 PM

A minibus taxi crashed head on with a truck in southwestern Zimbabwe, killing 22 people, police said on Wednesday.

Two others were injured and taken to a hospital after the accident on Tuesday night, police spokesman Paul Nyathi said. The accident occurred on a highway linking the country’s second-largest city, Bulawayo, with Beitbridge, a town bordering neighboring South Africa, Nyathi said in a statement.

Many people in Zimbabwe, a country of 15 million whose economy has been battered by a years-long currency crisis and high inflation, frequently travel to South Africa to buy goods for resale or personal use. Many also travel to visit family or for work.

Road accidents are common in Zimbabwe, where some drivers overload their vehicles and exceed the speed limit. The poor condition of Zimbabwe’s roads has also been blamed for contributing to crashes, despite government efforts to pave some major highways in recent years.

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