18 die in Zimbabwe road accident

A group of women walk along the main road leading to the Chirundu border post, passing some of the hundreds of trucks which are parked overnight on the roadside awaiting customs clearance. This small settlement on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe is a key transit point on the the trucking route from South Africa through to East Africa and it has become notorious for its congestion as every day hundreds of trucks try to pass through this border. Drivers often end up having to spend days, even weeks in this hot uncomfortable place waiting for their paperwork. It is estimated that there are more than 350 sex workers based in Chirundu who provide services to truck drivers and others and the area is known as a HIV/AIDS transmission hotspot in the region. Often more than 500 vehicles can be parked overnight in the customs yard and on this road leading out of town. (Photo by Gideon Mendel/Corbis via Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: Vehicles park along a rural road in Zimbabwe. (Photo by Gideon Mendel/Corbis via Getty Images)

At least 18 people died Monday afternoon between Masvingo and Zvishavane in southern Zimbabwe when a minibus collided head-on with a smaller vehicle, police spokesperson Paul Nyathi told Xinhua.

Another four people were injured in the accident and were taken to hospital.

Nyathi said the minibus encroached onto the path of the smaller vehicle after the tire burst, resulting in the accident.

He said more details would be provided later.