4 December 2012

Zambia: Two Die, 60 Injured in Road Accident

TWO women died on the spot, while 60 others are nursing serious injuries after a military truck in which they were travelling overturned in Serenje.

The injured included military personnel, school-going girls and boys and other civilian workers from Mupepetwe Army base in Serenje District.

Central Province police chief Standwell Lungu and Serenje District Commissioner Charles Mwelwa confirmed the accident in separate interviews yesterday.

Mr Lungu said the truck belonging to the Zambia Army was travelling from Mupepetwe to Mukando area for games when the accident happened around 15:00 hours on Sunday.

The accident occurred between Kanona and Mukando area as the people were travelling from football. Netball and volley competition.

And two women died on the spot, while 30 injured were admitted to Serenje District Hospital and the other 30 were at Chitambo Mission Hospital.

The driver is among the injured.

Mr Lungu said the truck was carrying 66 people and that the accident happened after the driver lost control at a curve.

And Mr Mwelwa said most accident victims sustained fractures on their limbs, while others complained of spinal, chest and head injuries.

He said his assessment was that the truck was overloaded and also defective.

He said instead of having double wheels, the truck had single wheels.

In another related development, police are investigating the death of a man who was found lying under a 70-seater bus in Serenje.

Mr Lungu said the body was discovered as the driver was about to pull out of the station.

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