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Chipinge Accident: Death toll rises

Police in Chipinge said the accident occurred at Christina Diary Farm, Jopa.

Acting development coordinator for Chipinge, Chamunorwa Salani, said the district has activated its disaster system.

Salani said the accident occurred near the boundary of Chipinge and Chimanimani.

“I can confirm that a St Charles Lwanga bus which was carrying ZCC members who were going to Mbungo for the Easter pilgrimage was involved in an accident,” he said.

29 passengers died on the spot while six others died upon admission at Chipinge District Hospital.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police also confirmed the accident.

“The ZRP confirms a fatal road traffic accident which occurred at the 5km peg along Jopa- Skyline Rd, Chimanimani last night at around 2200 hours, where a Charles Luwanga bus which had 106 ZCC church members went out of the road and fell into a gorge.

“As a result of the accident 35 people died while 71 others were injured. The bodies of the victims were taken to Chipinge Hospital for post-mortem while the injured were referred to the same institution for treatment, with 13 being critically injured.” H-Metro Reporter/The Herald

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