NINE people have died and 19 others have sustained injuries in four separate road traffic accidents in Lusaka, Copperbelt and Northern provinces.
Police confirmed the deaths of four people in Lusaka, another four on the Copperbelt yesterday and one in Northern Province on Sunday.
In one of the accidents in Lusaka, two people died along the Kafue road while four others sustained injuries after the Toyota Land Cruiser belonging to the Zambia Police Service they were travelling on hit into a stationary truck that was parked on the side of the road near Kafue’s River Motel.
Police public relations officer Charity Chanda said the incidents happened in the early hours of yesterday along the Kafue Road and Ndola-Kitwe dual carriage way.
In a statement yesterday, police public relations officer Charity Chanda identified the deceased as Benard Simbaya and Edwin Munene while the injured are Esna Mulpa, Thobia Mooya, Thomas Nyerenda and Winfred Tumbola, all of Siavonga.
She said the accident happened when the driver of the Land Cruiser, who has been identified as Kelvin Mukubi, tried to avoid a head-on collision with a vehicle which was overtaking another at a curve and in the process lost control of the vehicle.
Ms Chanda said the Land Cruiser was carrying relatives of Allian Chimbola, 44, who is alleged to have been shot dead by a police officer of Kariba in Siavonga on April 16.
She said Mr Chimbola’s relatives were on their way to Lusaka’s University Teaching Hospital to attend a post-mortem of the deceased scheduled for yesterday.
The bodies are lying in the Kafue District Hospital mortuary and the injured are being treated in the same hospital.
In the other accident in Lusaka, two people of the same family died on the spot as the vehicle they were travelling on overturned on Lusaka-Kafue road.
The deceased have been identified as Mohammad Taha-Shanto and Sana Taha of Lusaka while six others, including the driver, are admitted to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH).
Lusaka Province police commissioner Lemmy Kajoba, who confirmed the accident, said the people were coming from a holiday in Siavonga.
The driver of the vehicle, Taha Taha, is a drilling and pit manager at Lions Group Quarries.
He lost his father Mohammad Taha Shanto and his wife Sana Taha in the accident, which happened around 14:00 hours near Baobab School in Lilayi.
Meanwhile, four women died on the spot while seven others sustained injuries in a road traffic accident which happened at Maposa area along the Ndola-Kitwe road.
Ms Chanda said the accident happened when the driver of an ERF truck registration number ALJ 4932 identified as Frank Kasongo, 54, of Ndola hit into an Isuzu light truck registration number ACH 8162 which was parked on the road after it developed a fault.
She said the Isuzu overturned after being hit into, leaving four people dead, seven injured while three escaped unhurt.
Ms Chanda said four of the injured are admitted to Wusakile Mine and Kitwe Central hospitals while three have been discharged.
She said both drivers have been detained and charged with causing death by dangerous driving.
The bodies are lying in the Kitwe Central Hospitals awaiting post mortem.
Meanwhile, a six-year-old girl has died while her mother and sibling are nursing serious injuries after a vehicle rammed into their kitchen in Kasama.
The incident happened on Sunday around 07:30 hours at Mwalikonde village along Kasama-Mungwi road as the family was having breakfast in the kitchen.
Northern Province divisional investigations officer Kenneth Nkuwa confirmed the incident yesterday.
Mr Nkuwa said the accident happened after a Toyota Altezza registration number ALM 511 driven by Kenneth Chanda, 31, of Lusaka careered off the road due to over-speeding and rammed into the family’s kitchen leaving it razed.
He named the deceased as Memory Chanda, who died after sustaining head and body injuries.
Mr Nkuwa said the deceased’s mother Cleopatra Chanda, 34, and sibling Oswald Chanda, nine, sustained body injuries and are admitted to Kasama General Hospital.
He said the driver of the vehicle escaped unhurt and has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving.