Six people died on Sunday evening when a Land Rover Discovery they were travelling in collided with a Lex Liner bus which was on its way from Beitbridge to Harare.

The accident occurred about 300 meters from Exor garage in Masvingo, 3 km from Masvingo central business district.

ZRP national police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the accident.

The driver of the bus Mr Ernest Chifumuro said he was travelling behind another cross border bus, DNC, which suddenly braked, forcing him to swerve to avoid hitting its trailer. 

Mr Chifumuro noted that the DNC bus applied emergency brakes to avoid crashing into a bus which had broken down on the road.  

The bus driver said when he swerved he realised there was a vehicle coming from the opposite direction and he swerved further right.

The driver of the oncoming Land Rover Discovery, however, also swerved to the far right, leading to the collision.

Masvingo Vehicle Inspectorate Department depot manager Mr Onismo  Bumhira, who was at the scene of the accident, said it seems the bus drivers were speeding, exceeding the 60 km speed regulation at the stretch.

Mr Bumhira said the accident could have been avoided if the driver of the broken down bus had put signs to notify other traffic.

Senior Assistant Commissioner Charamba cautioned road users to avoid speeding and to follow road rules.

Senior Assistant Commissioner Charamba cautioned road users to avoid speeding and to follow road rules.

Meanwhile, 5 people died yesterday when a vehicle they were travelling in towards Harare near Bromley along the Harare Mutare highway around 5pm burst its left rear tyre.

According to eyewitnesses, 4 people died on the spot while one died on admission at Marondera Hospital.