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story.lead_photo.caption FILE - In this Thursday, July 26, 2018, file photo, released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Abeer Shalgheen and her four children after being freed by the Islamic State group that kidnapped them on July 25 during a raid by the extremists on the southern province of Sweida. Syrian troops have liberated 19 women and children hostages held by the Islamic State group since July in a military operation in the country's center, ending a crisis that has stunned Syria's Druze minority, state media reported Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. (SANA via AP, File)

HARARE, Zimbabwe -- A collision between two buses killed 50 people in Zimbabwe, where road accidents are common due to poor roads and reckless driving.

Two long-distance buses going opposite directions collided near Rusape, about 105 miles east of the capital Harare, on Wednesday evening, said police spokesman Paul Nyathi. The death toll could rise because 80 other people were admitted to hospital, some with serious injuries.

One of the buses tried to pass two haulage trucks on a stretch of the road where overtaking is prohibited, resulting in the collision with an oncoming bus, Ellen Gwaradzimba, the provincial minister for Manicaland province, told the state broadcaster. The buses swerved to avoid a head-on collision but their sides crashed. Both buses were speeding, police told the state broadcaster.

The number of dead bodies have overwhelmed the small town's morgue, which can only accommodate up to 16 bodies, reported the state-run Herald newspaper.

Bus accidents are frequent in this southern African country, where speeding often means more money for bus crews that compete for customers and try to make as many trips as possible per day.

The road where the accident happened was recently resurfaced as part of government attempts at rehabilitating collapsing road infrastructure.

A Section on 11/09/2018

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