The death toll from Sunday’s road traffic accident which happened along the Kasama – Mbala road near Senga has reached five.
Mbala District Commissioner, Best Kabulembe said the accident happened between 17:00 and 18: 00 hours involving a Mpulungu bound Maatah mini – bus which was being driven by Boyd Sikasote, 29 with 39 passengers on board.
He said three passengers died on the spot while two people died in Mbala General Hospital.
Mr. Kabulembe also said among the 36 passengers who sustained injuries was a Peace Corp Volunteer identified as Kristald Bala based at Kamuzwazi who has since been evacuated to Lusaka for specialized treatment.
And the two eye witnesses who were among the passengers attributed the accident to overloading coupled with over speeding.
Gloria Kankato, a teacher at Niamukolo Primary school and Brian Simuyemba, also a teacher from Mungwi who has been deployed as Polling Assistant to Mpulungu said the driver hit into a pothole and lost control due to excessive speeding.