6 killed in head-on collision

HARARE - Six people died and two others were seriously injured when two vehicles collided head-on at the 233km peg along Harare-Masvingo Road, police have confirmed.

The fatal accident occurred on August 18 when a Hyundai Tucson which was travelling due North towards Harare with four passengers on board encroached into the oncoming lane and crushed into a Mercedes Benz.

Four people died on the spot and two others were confirmed dead on arrival at Driefontein Hospital in Mvuma. Two more people are currently admitted at the same health institution where they are receiving treatment.

Police spokesperson Charity Charamba urged motorists to be cautious to reduce the prevalence of road traffic accidents.

“The police urge drivers to be observant on the roads and avoid straddling the centre line of the road while going against the flow of traffic,” Charamba said.

“We express our deepest condolences to the families and relatives on the unfortunate incident which could have been avoided. The names of the deceased will be released once their next of kin have been advised.”

The ZRP recently made measures to bring reckless drivers to book using video evidence.

“ZRP has noted with concern a sudden increase in the number of motorists who are failing to adhere to road rules and regulations especially driving against one way and going through red traffic lights.

“During the ongoing developments ‘Adhere to Traffic Rules and Regulations’, police arrested 37 rogue drivers in Harare for reckless driving and driving without due care and attention after they were caught on camera.

“The police made follow-ups basing on video evidence.

“The accused persons were then taken to court where they were convicted and given sentences ranging from 30 days to 18 months’ imprisonment or made to pay fines ranging from $100 to $300 or to perform a minimum of 110 hours community service.”

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