Zambia: Eight Perish in Easter Crashes

FOUR women died on the spot in a road traffic accident on the Ndola-Kitwe dual carriageway while ferrying merchandise to Kitwe, Police have said.

Police also confirmed two other accidents in Kafue and Chilanga respectively, which resulted in the deaths of four other people.

Copperbelt Police Commissioner, Joyce Kasosa and Police spokesperson Charity Munganga-Chanda provided details on the deaths of the four women, who were travelling from Maposa Farm bloc around 04:00 hours.

The four women died while transporting merchandise to Kitwe during the early hours of yesterday on board an Isuzu light truck.

"One of the deceased women had a seven-year-old child which came out unhurt but was badly traumatised as it was found glued to its mother's body, which had a crushed head. The truck was being driven from South to North and due to excessive speed, it hit into the stationery Isuzu," Ms Kasosa said.

Ms Kasosa said five passengers from the accident were admitted to Kitwe Central Hospital (KCH) while nine others were treated and discharged.

She said the Isuzu, Registration number ACH 8162, which was being driven by Andrew Mwila, 40, of Bulangililo Township in Kitwe, was extensively damaged after overturning due to the impact of the crash, killing the women in the process.

The driver of the ERF truck registration number ALJ 4932 identified as Frank Kasongo aged 54 of house number 8010 of Lubuto Ndola, was damaged after hiting the light truck which had developed a fault by the roadside.

"The Isuzu overturned after being hit into, leaving four dead, seven injured while among the injured, four are admitted to Wusakile Mine and Kitwe Central hospitals," Ms Chanda added.

In the Kafue accident, Ms Chanda said the two accident victims died after a Police Land-Cruiser they were travelling in hit into a stationery truck on the side of the road near River Motel.

She said four other people sustained injuries. The deceased were identified as Bernard Simbaya and Edwin Munene while the injured were Esna Mulipa, Tobias Mooya, Thomas Nyirenda and Winfred Tumbola, all of Siavionga.

"The incident happened as the driver of the Land-Cruiser, Kelvin Mukubi was trying to avoid hitting into an on-coming vehicle which was overtaking at a curve but in the process swerved and hit into the trailer of the stationery truck," she said.

Both drivers at fault in the two accidents had been detained after being charged with two and four counts of causing death by dangerous driving respectively.

In the Chilanga fatality, Ms Chanda said two unidentified white men died on the spot in an accident around 14:00 yesterday.

"They were in a Toyota Prado registration number ACP 6526 coming from the Chilanga direction to Lusaka. The bodies of the two are at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) mortuary," she said.

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