Seven Masvingo youths aged between 17 and 21 perished while five others were injured in a horrific road traffic accident outside the city Saturday.
The tragedy happened at the 43 km peg along the Masvingo-Topora road at 1430 hours, police said.
In a statement Sunday, police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said six of the youths died on the spot with the seventh dying upon admission at the hospital.
“Circumstances are that a motorist who was driving a Nissan Caravan vehicle travelling towards Masvingo town, with 11 passengers on board, lost control of the vehicle and veered off the road to the right side.
“The vehicle rammed onto a tree leading to the death of six (06) people on the spot, including the driver, with one (01) person dying upon admission at Masvingo General Hospital.
Police have since revealed the names of the deceased as Blessed Paradzai (22) of Muzarirwa village, Masvingo; Nomore Manyengavana (21) of Chitiyani Village, Masvingo; Wisdom Paradzai (17) and Adwin Paradzai (18), both from Chikwanda Village, Masvingo; Vitalis Chikati (19) of Mumbendi Village; Joseph Mudyambwa (18) of Mudyambwa Village, Masvingo and Washington Mhikuro (17) of Muzarira Village, Masvingo.
Nyathi said the bodies of the victims were ferried to Masvingo General Hospital for post-mortem while the injured were also referred to the same hospital for treatment.
The high ranking officer further said police were now investigating the cause of the accident.