Zimbabwe crash kills 35 ahead of Easter gathering: Police
An Easter bus crashes killing at least 35 and injuring 71 in Zimbabwe.
According to officials, at least 35 people were killed and 71 were injured in Zimbabwe after a bus carrying churchgoers to an Easter meeting went off the road and fell in a canyon.
The bus was transporting members of a local church to an Easter gathering in the south-eastern town of Chipinge.
"I can confirm an accident which occurred last night. So far, the death toll is 35 and the number of injured is 71," police spokesman Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi told AFP.
"Indications suggest that the bus was overloaded," he said. Buses in Zimbabwe typically have an average capacity of 60 to 75 passengers.
"As church people, they should lead by example but instead they were traveling at night which we always discourage," Nyathi said.
Road accidents are common in Zimbabwe during public holidays when the roads are often busier. Many roads are pock-marked with crater-like potholes, which also contributes to accidents.