Head on clash between 2 buses kills 47 in Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe – A head-on collision between two buses killed 47 people, where traffic accidents are common due to poor roads and poor driving.

Two long-distance buses headed in opposite directions clashed near Rusape, about 170 kilometers (105 miles) east of the capital Harare, Wednesday night, police spokesman Paul Nyathi said. He said that the number of victims could increase because there are other serious injuries.

The state-owned Herald newspaper reported that the number of corpses has overwhelmed the morgue of the small city, which can only accommodate up to 16 bodies.

Bus accidents are common in this southern African country, where over-speed often means more money for bus crews competing for customers and trying to make as many trips as possible per day.

The road in which the incident occurred was recently re-emerged as part of the government's attempts to rehabilitate falling road infrastructure.

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