The light Mitsubishi Canter truck which had 32 pupils on board from the same school was being driven by Clement Cheelo aged 27 years of Freedom Compound of Monze when the accident occurred yesterday Friday the 11th of April around 15:00hrs.
Police Deputy public relations officer Rae Hamoonga has told Qfm news in a statement this afternoon that the accident happened when the said light canter truck failed to ascend a hill after crossing Chungu stream along the Chipepo %u2013 Gwembe road after which it rolled backwards and overturn into the stream.
Mr. Hamoonga says the four deceased male pupils whose bodies are lying in Gwembe district hospital Mortuary awaiting postmortem, have been identified as Titus Musonda aged 19 years, Rodrick Mizinga 17, Simuyaba Nsanzya 20 and that the fourth pupil has only been identified as Amuleti with unknown age.
Mr. Hamoonga notes that from the 32 pupils on board the light truck, out of which four died on the spot, 23 have sustained serious injuries and are admitted at both Gwembe and Monze Hospitals, while 8 others are said to have sustained minor injuries.
He has further disclosed that the driver of the light truck which was been extensively damaged in the accident has been detained awaiting to be charged with causing death by dangerous driving, contrary to section 161 of the Road Traffic Act No. 11 of 2002, after which he will appear in court.
The Police Deputy Police public relations officer has since advised Motorists to be mindful of the adverse weather that the country is currently experiencing as they drive on the roads.
He says this is especially in some parts of the country that are still experiencing rainfall as visibility and stopping distances can be poor the reason why drivers in areas with such weather conditions ought to be cautious to avoid accidents.