In the accident involving two vehicles on a highway near the town of Mutoko in Mashonaland East province of Zimbabwe, 17 people died and 7 were injured. Local media announced that 14 people died at the scene and 3 in the hospital in the accident.
An investigation into the accident was initiated.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms the death of 17 people in a fatal road traffic accident which occurred at the 130 KM peg along Harare-Nyamapanda Road on 27 December 2020 at around 1740 hours,” law enforcement officials said in a statement that was published on Twitter by the Zimbabwe Republic Police.
Fourteen people were said to have died at the scene of the head-on collision between a pick-up truck and a saloon, the police said. Three others were pronounced dead at hospital.
Law enforcement officials also urged drivers to take greater care on the country’s roads.