Six members of the same family have died while four others are in a critical condition after the vehicle in which they were travelling, a Toyota Noah minibus, overturned.
Ms Katanga said the accident happened yesterday around 06:20 hours after a tyre burst while the family was travelling from Lusaka to Mbala to conclude funeral rites of their relative.
She said the accident happened at Shakabonga village about 30km from the Kasama-Mbala road.
“The family members were travelling from Lusaka to Mbala to conclude funeral rites of their relative who also died in a road accident,” Ms Katanga said.
She named the deceased as Moses Mayembe, 30, of Kanyama township in Lusaka, who was driving the vehicle, Foster Mayembe, 32, of Medium township in Mbala and Happy Mayembe, 27, of Lusaka West.
Others are Esther Mayembe, 39, Obed Mayembe, 60, and Melody Mayembe, 30, all of Lusaka West.
Ms Katanga identified those injured as Oline Namusokwe, 36, of Chawama township in Lusaka, the widow of the man whose funeral rites were to be concluded, Agnes Namwembe ,40, of Matero township, Juliet Mayembe of Mbala and Kate Mayembe, 30, of Kabwata township in Lusaka.
“All the injured are in a critical condition at Kasama General Hospital and the bodies are in the mortuary at the same hospital.
“The deceased whose funeral they were taking to the village died on Wednesday in a road traffic accident in Chongwe and was buried on Friday in Lusaka,” Ms Katanga said.
Zambia Daily Mail