Fifteen people were killed, 12 of them on the spot, while three others died on admission to Chitungwiza Central Hospital when a kombi they were travelling in collided head-on with a truck at the 51km peg along the Harare-Hwedza highway on Thursday.
The accident, which killed both drivers and left eight people seriously injured, occurred at 7pm.
Chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said the driver of the Hino truck encroached into the lane of an oncoming vehicle, resulting in a head-on with the Toyota Hiace.
“A Toyota Hiace (PSV) was travelling towards Marondera with an unknown number of passengers on board whilst a Hino truck was travelling along the said road towards Chitungwiza. On approaching the 51km peg, the driver of the Hino truck encroached into the lane of the oncoming vehicle resulting in a head-on collision with the Toyota Hiace.”
Snr Asst Comm Charamba said the loss of lives through road accidents was worrisome.
“Twelve people died on the spot whilst the other three died on admission at Chitungwiza Hospital for treatment. The bodies of the deceased were also taken to the same hospital for post-mortem,” she said.
Snr Asst Comm Charamba named the deceased and appealed to their relatives to proceed to Chitungwiza Central Hospital and assist in identifying them.
“Some of the accident victims are, Ben Magaba (55) of Unit G Seke-Chitungwiza, Elijah Nyabadza of 1074 Mbuya Nehanda Street, Cherutombo-Marondera, Michael Fata (50), Getrude Mugocha (40), Tinashe Bakasa (27),”