A CAG bus that was coming from Bulawayo going to Binga failed to go up a steep ascent and fell into a ditch injuring many passengers.
The accident was confirmed by the Zimbabwe Republic Police who reported that the tragedy happened at Gwayi River on the Cross Dete-Binga road on Sunday afternoon.
NewZimbabwe reports that the whereabouts of the driver were unknown after he reportedly jumped off through the window when the bus started reversing after failing to go up the steep road.
The publication was also told that the trees blocked the bus as it reportedly headed towards the nearby flooded Gwayi river in reverse. A police source said:
The bus failed to ascend at the bridge and started reversing towards the flooded river. It fell down some trees and was eventually blocked by a big tree before it fell into a ditch injuring people, but there are no fatalities so far but passengers are complaining about fractures and are still being rescued. We will know details when the team on the ground sends updates.
The officer added that those seriously injured were rushed to the nearby Kamativi Hospital and St Patricks Hospital in Hwange.
Police were reportedly still busy rescuing other passengers with the help of health teams from Hwange and Dete.
iAfrica24 reports that this is the second time the same bus company has been involved in an accident in a space of two months.
It was reported in October that a CAG bus hit a donkey-drawn cart killing a juvenile boy travelling in the cart on the spot near Cross Dete.
Police investigations established that the driver was speeding.