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Murehwa accident death toll rises to 14

The death toll for the Murehwa accident has risen to 14.

The road accident occurred when two commuter omnibuses collided head on at the 49-kilometre peg along the Harare-Nyamapanda highway, two kilometres from Juru Growth Point last night.

12 people died on the spot while two others died on admission at Parirenyatwa hospital.

In a telephone interview with the ZBC News, ZRP Murewa District Commanding Officer Superintendent Frank Masuka, confirmed the fatalities, adding that one infant and 2 children are among the deceased.



A visit to Parirenyatwa hospital by ZBC News crew revealed that 12 people were in a critical condition, while 17 other survivors were in a stable condition.

Mr Success Matanhire (36) who was driving the commuter omnibus which was heading to Murehwa from Harare told ZBC News that his commuter omnibus burst a front left tyre before it was hit from behind by another commuter omnibus resulting in him losing control.

One survivor who was on Murehwa-Harare bound commuter omnibus attributed the accident to speeding.

However, the statistics from both the hospital staff and police details shows that both commuter omnibuses were overloaded.

Meanwhile,  the injured are still admitted at Parirenyatwa hospital while bodies of the deceased are at Murehwa mortuary.