SIX people died last night and 25 others were injured when two lorries carrying avocados and bananas overturned in separate accidents along Rusape-Nyanga Road.
The two lorries were on their way to Harare when the accidents occurred near the 50km peg and 76km peg along the road, between 10pm and 11pm.
In the first accident, police said a Mercedes Benz lorry, which had 16 people on board, burst its right front tyre near the 50km peg.
The driver lost control and it overturned near London Store.
The lorry landed on its right side and six people died on the spot, while eight were injured.
One of them is in critical condition at Bonda Mission Hospital where they were ferried for treatment.
National police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, confirmed the accident, and said the names of the deceased will be after their next of kin have been informed.
“The second accident, which occurred at the 76km peg in Baringa area, the driver of a DAF truck, which was ferrying people, avocados and bananas, failed to negotiate a curve and overturned, seriously injuring 17 people,” he said.
He said out of the 17, five are in critical condition and they were all taken to Nyanga District Hospital for treatment.