Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

20 August 2014

Tanzania: 120 Students Survive Road Accident

Sumbawanga — ABOUT 120 students from Nkomolo Secondary School in Namanyere Town, Nkasi District in Rukwa Region and their teachers cheated death when the Lorry they were travelling in veered off the road and overturned in Kirando Village along the shore of Lake Tanganyika.

The Nkasi District Council acting Education Office, Mr Fortunatus Kaguo, said that the students and their teachers were heading for Namanyere Township after participating in the inter-secondary school sports competitions in Kirando Village. According to the acting DEO (secondary schools) , the road mishap occurred on August 18, at around 8:00 pm in Kirando Village.

The seven students and their teacher, who was identified as Sarafina Liondo, were rushed to hospital for medical treatment. Their condition has been described as stable.

On his part, the Nkasi District Administrative Secretary, Mr Festo Chonya, identified by single name the driver of the ill fated lorry (with registration number LLT 184 BB) as Ramadhan who fled from the scene of the accident immediately.

"We are waiting for the DC (Mr Iddy Kimata) who is outside the district for other duties to write official instructions to all school heads to refrain from using lorries to transport students," added the DAS.

The Acting Rukwa Regional Police Commander, Mr Fredinand Rwegasira, alleged that preliminary investigations show that the cause of the accident was reckless driving on part of the driver and that law enforcers have mounted a manhunt for him. The suspect is still at large.

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