13 people died and four (04) others were seriously injured when a commuter omnibus they were travelling in had a head on collision with a South African registered haulage truck at the 8km peg along the Bulawayo-Gwanda road.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) confirmed the accident,  saying the truck was towing two trailers, while a Toyota Hiace minibus was carrying 17 passengers onboard and a dead body.

“On approaching the said spot, the haulage truck hit a pothole and the driver lost control of the vehicle. He then encroached onto the lane of the oncoming vehicles resulting in a head on collision with the kombi,” ZRP Spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said in a statement.

She added that 13 people from the minibus died on the spot, while 4 others were seriously injured and rushed to United Bulawayo Hospital.

The names of the deceased are yet to be revealed after their next of kin have been notified.

“Due to the state of our roads, the ZRP is appealing to all motorists to avoid travelling at night and observe speed limits so as to preserve life,” said Charamba.