"Twenty-nine people were killed and 39 sustained various injuries when a bus travelling to Harare ploughed into Munyati River" on Wednesday, police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena told AFP.
"We suspect the driver lost control after the right front tyre burst."
He said police had set up a temporary post at the Chivhu hospitals where they are inviting relatives to come and identify bodies of the dead.
The accident happened on the same road where a collision killed the wife of Zimbabwe’s new Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in March.
Traffic accidents in Zimbabwe are mainly caused by the bad state of roads which are littered with gaping potholes often referred to as "drumholes" because of their size. (AFP)