25 December 2012

Zambia: Three Die in Road Accidents

SIX people, including a woman and her three-year-old baby, have died in separate road traffic accidents in different parts of the country.

In Lusaka, a 27-year-old woman died on the spot along Mumbwa Road while her three-year-old baby died at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) on Sunday.

Police spokesperson Elizabeth Kanjela identified the woman as Lute Mumba who was knocked down as she was crossing the road.

Ms Mumba was carrying a three-year-old Emmanuel Lungu who was pronounced dead at UTH.

In another accident, an inspector of a 60-seater bomber bus died on the spot when the bus they were travelling in rammed into a truck in Nangoma area in Mumbwa.

Four other passengers were seriously injured and were rushed to Nangoma Hospital.

Ms Kanjela said the accident happened around 04:00 hours yesterday when the Lusaka bound bus hit into a stationery truck.

"One person, a bus inspector died on the spot while four others including the driver were badly injured," she said.

In a similar incident in North-Western Province, one man died on the spot after sustaining fatal head injuries.

The accident occurred on Sunday around 19:30 hours along Solwezi- Mutanda Road.

Ms Kanjela said Paul Mtembu, 45, of Lumwana South was driving a Toyota Opa and hit an unidentified pedestrian who was crossing the road from North to South.

On the Copperbelt, a man died on the spot after he was knocked down by a car.

Ms Kanjela said the accident happened on Sunday around 05:00 hours along Mpelembe Road in Roan Township in Luanshya. She said the driver of the vehicle ran away after the accident.

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