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Police spokesperson Andrew Phiri said as at 9am yesterday, 359 accidents had been recorded across the country.  The statistics were collected starting from April 15.

“These accidents resulted in the death of 68 people while 386 others were injured,” Phiri said.

“We have arrested 39 people for driving while drunk and impounded 499 unroadworthy vehicles.

“We have also issued out 24 852 traffic tickets.”

Mashonaland East recorded the highest number of deaths, accounting for 13 followed by Harare with 12.

In one accident that occurred in Mash East, seven people perished when a Mitsubishi twin cab which was being driven by a police officer and a Nissan twin cab were involved in a head-on collision.

Phiri said the Nissan encroached onto the lane of oncoming traffic.

Both drivers died on the spot.

A man who said he was related to five family members who perished in the accident appealed for help to bury them.

“Five family members died in the accident – four on the spot and one at Chivhu General Hospital,” Kudakwashe Mubika said.

“They were nine in the Nissan and the four surviving members are admitted at Harare Hospital.

“Two are in the intensive care unit while the other two are in a stable condition.

“We do not know what to do as a family as we have no money and one of the deceased was the breadwinner.”

He said those who died included the driver Chipo Musoni (40), Cornelius Musoni (58), his sister-in-law Nancy Chitombo Gwinji  and her children Roy and Faith Gwinji.

Mourners are gathered at Mainway Meadows, Waterfalls. Phiri blamed most of the accidents on human error.

Holidays in Zimbabwe have become synonymous with a high number of accidents and some people believe they are linked to the country’s poor road network.

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