A minibus accident on Sunday killed at least 19 people and injured 12 in the Bilene district in Gaza province of southern Mozambique, Radio Mozambique reports.
Feliciano Chongo, provincial commander of the Police of the Republic of Mozambique (PRM), explained to the national radio that 16 people died at the scene and three others on their way to the hospital.
A Xinhua news agency report said all the victims were passengers from a “chapa” (local name for mini-bus), which had a headon collision with a truck carrying freight in the opposite direction.
“We call for the greatest caution of motorists to avoid spilling blood on the roads,” Chongo said, adding that the accident was the result of a dangerous maneuver and reckless overtaking by the minibus driver.
The PRM commander said the accident caused a prolonged traffic jam on the national highway.
During the festive season in Mozambique, there is an increase in the rate of traffic accidents.
Traffic regulators have already begun to record an increasing inflow and outflow between Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
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