The bodies were burnt beyond recognition. At least 20 others were injured, some with severe burns. The bus which was heading to neighboring South Africa burst into flames at around midnight and was completely incinerated late Thursday. The Red Cross said its teams responded to a “horrific accident. Police officers were also at the scene. It’s believed that a suspected gas tank belonging to one of the passengers exploded on the bus.
“Combustible material was allowed onto the bus, thus causing a conflagration which entrapped, scalded and consumed innocent passengers,” President Emmerson Mnangagwa said in a condolence message. The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation published images of the destroyed vehicle on a highway from the South African border crossing to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second-largest city. Traffic accidents are common in Zimbabwe. Last week, a collision between two buses in Zimbabwe killed 50 people and injured about 80. President Mnangagwa said the government should “take appropriate measures which comprehensively deal with this growing menace on our roads.”