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Mhunga Bus Disaster (November 2002)
Remains at the accident site
Date November 2002
Time Afternoon
Location Chatworth, Masvingo
Country Zimbabwe
Bus operator Mhunga Bus Company
Bus owner Tanda Tavaruva and Sons
Cause collision with a haulage truck
Deaths 37
Injuries 48
Damage both busses

Date: November 2002
Location: Chatsworth
Involved: Bus and Haulage Truck
Deaths: 37
Injuries: 48 injured
Cause of Accident: Head On Collision

The crush killed 37 people most of whom were students from Masvingo teachers college who were travelling from Harare. At least 20 people were burnt, their bodies charred beyond recognition, after he bus collided head on with a haulage truck. The accident happened on the 52 km peg near Chartsworth along the Harare-Masvingo highway.[1] A total of 65 passengers were seriously injured when the Mhunga bus hired by Masvingo Teachers' College collided head-on with the truck. The drivers of both vehicles died on the spot.

It is alleged that more than 100 passengers were travelling on the ill-fated Mhunga bus. The truck, operated by Trans Truck Charters, was carrying a full load of bags of maize which went up in smoke.[1] The student teachers were returning from a sporting trip in Harare. College officials had decided the students should watch the Amazulu-Dynamos soccer match at the National Sports Stadium in Harare after their own sports activities.


  1. 1.0 1.1 E. Bara, 37 perish in bus disaster,The Zimbabwean Situation, published:6 Nov 2002,retrieved:19 Jan 2015"