Zambia: Four Die in Bus Crash

FOUR people have died while 12 others have sustained serious injuries when the Mazhandu bus they were travelling in careered off the road and overturned due to speeding.

The accident happened on Tuesday around 23:00 hours at an area called Munyumabisi, 15 kilometres away from Monze District in Southern Province.

Police spokesperson Charity Chanda confirmed the accident yesterday and said 25 other passengers sustained minor injuries.

Ms Chanda said the Higer Bus, registration number ALP 5118, from Kitwe was heading to Sesheke in Western Province.

She named the driver, who also sustained serious injuries, as Joseph Kayombo, 41, of New Chibolya Township in Lusaka, while the conductor was among those slightly injured.

The bodies of the deceased are in Monze Mission Hospital mortuary while the injured were admitted to the same hospital.

Meanwhile, one person died on the spot and 11 others sustained multiple body injuries after a Mitsubishi Canter they were in lost control and plunged into Mphomwa Bridge on Chipata-Mfuwe Road in Mambwe District.

Eastern Province Police Commissioner Grace Chipalila confirmed yesterday that the accident happened on Monday around 16:00 hours.

The accident happened about 117 kilometres west of Chipata after the driver Newtone Banda, 30, of Chawama Township in Chipata failed to negotiate a curve.

Ms Chipalila said the body of the deceased was taken to Chipata General Hospital mortuary while the injured passengers were admitted to the same hospital.

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