The deceased were identified as Taurai Spencer Gamure (37), Given Hapadziwi (49), Charisma Ncube (27), Lloyd Kofi (36) and Paddington Ngwarara (29).
The accident was confirmed by police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi in a statement. He said:
The accident occurred after a male adult aged 49 who was driving a Ford Ranger vehicle tried to overtake a Dong Feng truck but later realised that there was an oncoming vehicle.
The driver attempted to move back to his lane to avoid a head-on collision but rammed into the back of the Dong Feng truck. That resulted in the death of five people.
Asst Comm Nyathi expressed concern over the loss of innocent lives and he encouraged motorists to be exercise caution on the roads.