Over the weekend, there were multiple road traffic incidents around the nation that claimed at least 13 lives and critically injured another 20.
The accidents happened on the Chivhu, Marondera, Bulawayo-Victoria Falls, and Masvingo-Beitbridge roads.
Police spokesperson Assistant Paul Nyathi confirmed the accidents.
“The ZRP confirms a fatal road traffic accident in which a Toyota Granvia which was carrying eleven passengers veered off the road to the left, overturned once and landed on its wheels at the 234 km peg along Masvingo-Beitbridge Road on May 19, 2023,” he said.
“Four people died on the spot while seven others were injured. The bodies of the victims were taken to Beitbridge District Hospital mortuary for post-mortem whilst the injured are admitted at the same hospital,” he added.
Police in Chivhu confirmed a fatal traffic accident that occurred on Saturday when a Scania Rigid truck carrying 30 passengers swerved off the road to the left and came to rest on its side at the 3 km marker along Hoffman dust road.
Four people died on arrival at Chivhu Hospital, while nine people who were injured were admitted at the same hospital.
Police also confirmed another road traffic accident in which four people died and two others were injured when a Mazda Demio veered off the road to the right, overturned several times and landed on its roof at the 284km peg along Bulawayo-Victoria Falls road on May 20, 2023.
Police in Marondera are also investigating a fatal road traffic accident in which one passenger died on the spot while two others were injured when a Toyota Townace overturned twice before landing on its right side at the 78 km peg along Harare-Mutare road on May 19.
The body of the victim was taken to Marondera Provincial Hospital mortuary for post-mortem while the injured are admitted at the same hospital.