accidentt.jpgSeven people died in a head on collision along the Kwekwe –Harare highway yesterday (Tuesday).

 

Two of the five who died on the spot were burnt beyond recognition, while the other two died on admission to Kwekwe General Hospital.

 

Midlands Police spokesperson, Inspector Patrick Chademana said a twin cab vehicle burst its front tyre as it approached Kwekwe river and the driver lost control of the vehicle, thereby hitting another car coming from the opposite direction.

 

Of the seven who died, police have managed to identify two bodies and are appealing to the public to come and help in identifying the other five.

 

Meanwhile police say the number of road accidents and deaths recorded during the just ended Easter holiday were higher as compared to the same period last year.

 

In an interview with ZBC News, Police Spokesperson Superintendent  Andrew Phiri said a total of 51 people died in road accidents as compared to 23 people during the same period last year. 
  
Superintendent Phiri said a total of 309 accidents occurred this year compared to 247 accidents last year while 386 people were injured this year whereas 284 people were injured last year.
         
He added that a total of 746 unroadworthy vehicles were impounded by police as compared to 324 vehicles impounded last Easter holiday whilst police issued a total of 19 559 tickets for various traffic offences as compared to 6 471 issued last year.
      
Superintendent Phiri cited human error, overloading of vehicles and driving with undue care as the major causes of accidents during the Easter holiday.
     
Other causes were defective vehicles with faulty brakes or worn out tyres.