Morgan Tsvangirai's wife died in a car accident today and the Prime Minister himself has suffered serious head injuries.
The accident happened on the 42 kilometre peg on the highway to Manicaland, where Tsvangirai was due to address two rallies this weekend.
Indications are that a truck left its side of the road and was headed straight for the prime minister's car when his driver swerved to avoid a head-on collision. But in swerving, the tail end of the Landcruiser they were travelling in was hit by the truck.
Mrs Tsvangirai suffered injuries to her head, back and neck and was still conscious at the scene of the accident when rescuers pulled her and her husband from the car. However, she died on the way to Harare's Avenues Clinic.
Tsvangirai himself, although bleeding from head wounds and seriously injured, will survive.
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