Nine people died and eighty others were critically injured in an accident involving a Greenfuel sugar cane haulage truck and a commuter omnibus at Chimambo rural business centre, about four kilometers from Checheche growth point in Chipinge, Manicaland Province.
The accident happened at around 1pm this afternoon when the haulage truck that was coming from Middle Sabi tried to overtake another truck from the same company, resulting in a head on collision with a Nissan Caravan omnibus.
The 8 injured have been referred to Chiredzi while it took about three hours to remove the trapped bodies of the Nissan Caravan driver and a passenger in the front seat.
Police Spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said police details are attending the scene and preliminary findings indicate that 9 people died on the spot.
Assistant Commissioner Nyathi said although the details are still sketchy, the kombi was carrying 17 passengers despite being authorised to carry 15 passengers.
Villagers in the area said the Tanganda – Checheche road is now a death trap and are threatening to stop Greenfuel vehicles from operating until the road is rehabilitated.
They said the dust that is being raised obscure drivers from seeing oncoming vehicles and even those from behind.