—-Three people have died in a road traffic accident that happened in the early hours of today along the Mazabuka- Kafue road.
The three people that died on the spot and include two females and one male are among the 33 passengers that boarded a Rosa bus that was coming from Maala in Namwala District of Southern province en-route to Lusaka.
The bus driver, Willie Musiye, told ZANIS in an interview at Mazabuka General Hospital where he was found receiving medical treatment that the accident happened around 05: 00 hours this morning when a truck that was carrying coal hit the bus from behind after losing control.
Mr Musiye, who complained of chest pains, narrated that while descending the steep slope at Dallas area, the truck that was following the bus lost its brakes and hit the bus trailer (dangula) forcing the bus to overturn several times before careering off the road killing three passengers instantly.
He revealed that the driver of the truck later bolted and abandoned his vehicle after realizing the offence he committed.
Mr Musiye also revealed that he together with his passengers started off from Maala yesterday around 17:00 hours and traveled the whole night in order for them to try to reach Lusaka in the morning in good time for them to travel back in the afternoon.
And Acting Mazabuka General Hospital Medical superintendent, Osbert Nkolola, named the deceased persons as Kezia Mwendo, aged 10 years and Anne Chiyobeka, a middle-aged woman, while the dead male has not yet been identified.
Dr Nkolola said a total of 31 other passengers were rushed and admitted to the hospital with various injuries around 05:30 hours this morning.
He said among the 31 passengers, two are in a critical condition, adding that plans are underway to enable the hospital evacuate them to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka for further specialist treatment.
Dr Nkolola, however, assured that the rest of the passengers, who sustained minor injuries, have been admitted in the hospital for observation, adding that their condition is stable and out of danger.