A head-on collision between two buses has led to the death of 47 people in Zimbabwe.

It happened that the two long distance buses going in opposite directions collided near Rusape, about 170 kilometres (105 miles) east of the capital Harare on Wednesday evening, said police spokesman Paul Nyathi. He also said the death toll could rise because there are others with serious injuries.

The number of dead bodies has overwhelmed the small town’s morgue, which can only accommodate up to 16 bodies. 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.

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