In Summary
  • Witnesses said the driver and his assistant survived the crash and fled the scene.


Forty-seven people were killed in Zimbabwe on Wednesday when two buses collided on a road between the capital Harare and the southeastern town of Rusape, police said.

"We confirm 47 people have died in a road traffic accident at the 166-kilometre peg along the Harare-Mutare highway," police spokesman Paul Nyathi said.

Following the crash, Zimbabwean authorities Thursday said the accident would be declared a national disaster.

According to the state broadcaster, 45 people died on the spot and another one at a hospital in the nearby town of Rusape.

The government said the accident also left 61 people injured.

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