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Seventeen people died in three separate road

accidents recorded countrywide over the

weekend.

Police spokesperson Senior Assistant

Commissioner Charity Charamba

Chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant

Commissioner Charity Charamba (pictured) said

most of the accidents were a result of human

error.

“Over the last three days – 21, 22 and 23

October 2016 – we have lost 17 lives in three

separate road traffic accidents due to mainly

human error on our country’s highways.

“This is a major concern not to the Zimbabwe

Republic Police only, but to the country as a

whole. Innocent people are perishing in

circumstances that can be avoided,” she said.

She said last Friday in Guruve at around

8.15pm, a 65-year-old man was driving a

Mitsubishi Canter along Mvurwi-Kanyemba Road

with 16 church members on board.

The man encroached into the opposite lane

resulting in a head-on collision with an oncoming

vehicle. Six people from the Mitsubishi Canter

died on the spot, while the seventh died on

admission to Guruve Hospital.

Snr Asst Comm Charamba said 11 people were

injured and taken to Guruve Hospital for

treatment.

“On 22 October, 2016 at around 2030 hours,

another accident occurred at the 167km peg

along the Harare-Bulawayo Road (near Ngwena

Shopping Centre, Kadoma) where six people were

killed after the driver of a Honda Fit overtook in

front of an oncoming vehicle resulting in a head-

on collision with another vehicle,” she said.

Snr Asst Comm Charamba said another four

people died on Saturday at around 9.30am at

the 143km peg along the Harare-Bulawayo Road,

near Total Service Station in Kadoma when a

Toyota Wish encroached into the opposite lane

resulting in a head-on collision with a Nissan

March.

“Eight others were injured and rushed to Eiffel

Flats and Kadoma General hospitals for

treatment. In all the accidents, it was pure

human error, “encroaching into the lane of

oncoming vehicles”. This has become common to

see drivers encroaching on our roads without

thinking of the consequences and checking for

safety,” she said.

Snr Asst Comm Charamba urged motorists to

exercise caution when travelling on the roads,

especially at night. She said drivers must check

the conditions of their vehicle tyres constantly

and that roads are clear before overtaking