Over 21 persons burnt beyond recognition in Zimbabwe road crash

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Twenty-one people were killed, many burnt beyond recognition, after a fuel tanker and a truck ferrying mourners collided in Zimbabwe on Wednesday, state radio said.

“Twenty-one people have been killed in a road accident,” Spot FM radio reported, saying the accident occurred near the southeastern town of Chisumbanje.

A large number of victims were thought to be travelling in a truck which side-swiped an ethanol tanker. “Most of the dead were burnt beyond recognition,” the radio said.

“Charred bodies were scattered on the road while others are still trapped under the wreckage of the haulage truck.”

Police spokesperson Charity Charamba confirmed the accident but could not give the exact number of victims.

“We have heard about the accident but we do not have details,” Charamba told AFP.

Road accidents are common in Zimbabwe, where highways are riddled with potholes due to years of neglect.

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