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At least 17 dead in Zimbabwe after bus collides with haulage truck

HARARE, (Xinhua) -- At least 17 people have died after a South Africa-bound bus collided head-on with a haulage truck—with both vehicles catching fire—about 220 km from Harare on the Masvingo Road on Wednesday night.

Police spokesperson Charity Charamba told Xinhua on Thursday that 17 bodies had been retrieved from the scene while 43 injured passengers were taken to nearby hospitals.

“The bus driver is in hospital but we cannot locate the driver of the haulage truck. The vehicles are still burning and there are charred bodies inside. It is a very sad situation,” she said.

Charamba said the police were still investigating the cause of the accident and urged people to travel during the day because of the bad state of the roads.

State media said the bus had over 60 passengers on board while the haulage truck was carrying tires.

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