Col­li­sion be­tween 2 buses kills 50

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - NATION+WORLD -

A col­li­sion be­tween two buses has killed 50 peo­ple in Zim­babwe and left about 80 oth­ers hos­pi­tal­ized, some with se­ri­ous in­juries, of­fi­cials said.

The ac­ci­dent be­tween the two long-dis­tance buses oc­curred near Rusape, about 105 miles east of the cap­i­tal, Harare, on Wed­nes­day evening, said po­lice spokesman Paul Ny­athi.

One of the buses was try­ing to get around two trucks on a stretch of road where pass­ing is pro­hib­ited, said Ellen Gwaradz­imba, the min­is­ter for Man­i­ca­land prov­ince, in an in­ter­view with Zim­babwe’s state broad­caster.

The buses, both of which were speed­ing, swerved but still sideswiped each other and crashed, po­lice told the broad­caster. The num­ber of dead over­whelmed Rusape’s small morgue, which can only hold up to 16 bod­ies, the state-run Her­ald news­pa­per re­ported. Bus ac­ci­dents are fre­quent in this south­ern African coun­try, where bus drivers of­ten ex­ceed the speed limit in or­der to make as many trips as pos­si­ble per day.

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