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At least 5 killed in Kariba horrific head-on accident

By Andrew Murenha

AT LEAST five people died, three of them burnt beyond recognition, when a Mercedes-Benz C200 sedan vehicle collided head-on with a BMW X3 SUV and the sedan caught fire with trapped passengers in Kariba.

The accident occurred Sunday afternoon about 2km from Kariba Airport.

Kariba Municipality Fire Brigade managed to put out the fire and personnel are making frantic efforts to retrieve the bodies.

Crew putting out fire

Eyewitnesses told the Zimbabwe Voice that all the four occupants of the Mercedes-Benz were trapped inside and burnt beyond recognition.

The driver of the BMW X3 who was reportedly headed for Harare, died on the spot while the three occupants were seriously injured and taken to Kariba District Hospital.

The Mercedes-Benz was totalled and all occupants burnt beyond recognition

In images shared on social media by Nick Mangwana, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, a fire crew can be seen dousing the smouldering remains of the totalled Mercedes-Benz.

Head-on collisions are usually attributed to human error.

Damage to the BMW

However, police in the Mashonaland West town of Kariba were yet to issue a statement at the time of publishing. – Zimbabwe Voice

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