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Zimbabwean Holiday Road Accident Toll Reaches 66 On New Year's  Day

Three people died in separate road accidents Tuesday in Harare and Matabeleland South, bringing to 66 the number of Zimbabweans who died on the country's highways since the beginning of the festive season, police said.

Police spokesman Andrew Phiri said the 2007 festive season was the “most fatal” in recent years. Twenty-four people died in road accidents during the holidays in 2006.

On Friday, 12 members of one family died when the truck they were riding in hit a bus.

Motorist Mandlenkosi Gatsheni Ndlovu of Harare told reporter Ntungamili Nkomo of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that he blames poor road conditions and corruption among vehicle inspection officers for the high death toll.

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