This year’s Heroes and Defence Forces holidays — to be commemorated early next week — have started on a sad note with at least 31 people having died in two major road accidents, 13 of them perishing on Monday night along the Harare-Nyamapanda Road. The accident, involving a Zupco bus travelling from Malawi to Harare and a Nyamapanda-bound haulage truck, came after 18 passengers had died in an accident involving a South Africa-registered truck and a commuter omnibus along the Masvingo-Beitbridge Highway last week.
The number of the deceased from the two accidents is alarming, considering that 38 people died in road accidents during the Heroes and Defence Forces holidays last year.
In the Harare-Nyamapanda crash, 18 other passengers were seriously injured when the Zupco bus side-swiped with the haulage truck before plunging into a dry riverbed.
The accident occurred at the 22-kilometre peg along the highway, just after the tollgate at Shamva turn-off and both drivers survived.