Zimbabwe road accident: 24 killed after truck, ethanol fuel tanker collide


Road accidents are common in Zimbabwe. This picture shows the wreckage of a minibus after it collided with a goods train at a rail crossing on the outskirts of the capital Harare on March 6, 2007. Thirty-four people were killed.



A collision in Zimbabwe on Wednesday between a truck and a tanker carrying highly flammable ethanol fuel killed 21 people at the scene of the accident.

Six people were taken to St. Peter's Hospital, where another three died.

Many the victims were burned beyond recognition, Spot FM radio said.

"Charred bodies were scattered on the road while others are still trapped under the wreckage of the haulage truck," Agence France-Presse quoted the radio announcer as saying.

The truck was carrying mourners to a funeral when it allegedly side-swiped the tanker in the sugar plantation district of Chisumbanje in the country’s southeast.

"We are investigating. So far, we know that more than 20 people died," a police spokeswoman told Reuters.