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36 Die in Zimbabwe Bus Accident - 2002-06-10

At least 36 students were killed in a bus crash in Zimbabwe early Monday. At least 35 other passengers were injured, some of them seriously.

The students were returning from a sporting event when the bus they were traveling in crashed head-on with a truck.

The collision occurred on the main road to South Africa, about 240 kilometers south of Harare.

The students came from all over Zimbabwe and were enrolled at the Masvingo Teachers Training College.

Police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena calls it the worst crash in the history of Masvingo province.

He said 35 students were propelled out of the back window of the bus. He said they were taken to the small provincial hospital in Masvingo with injuries that range from light to life-threatening.

Police say both drivers were killed, and the cause of the crash is under investigation.

The police have set up an information center in Masvingo, the provincial capital.

Authorities have begun the process of identifying the badly mutilated bodies. Police say it will take time to find the next of kin who are in many different parts of the country, including remote rural areas.

Zimbabwe' main road from South Africa is one of the busiest in region, and like many roads in Zimbabwe, it is in urgent need of repair and maintenance.