7 February 2013

Zambia: 51 Perish in Bus Accident

Photo: Xinhua
Accident file photo.

Lusaka — At least 51 people have been confirmed dead after a public bus they were traveling in collided with a truck in central Zambia's Chibombo district in the early hours of yesterday, police said. The accident occurred when the bus, belonging to a state-firm, Postal Bus Services, was travelling from Ndola city on the Copperbelt Province to the Zambian capital Lusaka and the 51 people died on the spot, according to Zambia Police Spokesperson Elizabeth Kanjela.

The police spokesperson said the accident occurred as the truck lost control after hitting into another vehicle before colliding with the bus which overturned.

The bus is believed to have been carrying about 70 passengers. It is believed that 10 passengers sustained some injuries.

The death toll is likely to increase.

Rescue workers are still searching for more bodies in the mangled bus.

Road accidents are common in Zambia and are mainly caused by careless driving and the poor state of roads.


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