FOURTY-ONE people had died in 537 accidents countrywide by yesterday morning, representing a significant decline from last year’s figures.
Last year 66 people had died while 361 were injured during the same period.
Police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi yesterday said the death toll rose after a commuter omnibus killed seven people along the Harare—Mutare road on Sunday.
“Seven people died after a commuter omnibus they were travelling in burst a rear tyre at the 128km peg along Harare—Mutare road and rammed into a tree, killing three people on the spot and four others died at Rusape Hospital,” Nyathi said.
He said most accidents were a result of negligent driving, including overtaking errors, lack of concentration and misjudgment.
“As of 9am today (yesterday), 537 accidents had been recorded, with 41 people having been killed as compared to 66 at the same time last year. 182 people had been injured as compared to 361 last year,” Nyathi said.