Post Bus road accident claims 51 lives in Chibombo district

At least 51 people have died in Chibombo district of Central province in a road traffic accident this morning.

 Zambia Police Spokesperson Elizabeth Kanjela has confirmed that 51 people have died in a road mishap.

Ms. Kanjela, who was at the scene of the accident during the interview, said a combined team of security personnel were on the ground trying to remove some bodies which were still trapped in a mangled bus.

 She told ZANIS in a telephone interview in Lusaka that the exact number of people who have lost their lives in the accident was expected to increase after a thorough operation was done.

She said the accident happened at around 07:00 hours in Chibombo when a Post Bus coming from the Copperbelt to Lusaka collided head on with an international truck.

 Meanwhile, Passengers, Pedestrians and Cyclists Association (PAPECA) president Lawrence Kaoma has called on government to quickly increase the third party insurance scheme to adequately help road accident victims.

 Mr. Kaoma said the current amount of about KR60, 000 per event was not enough to meet the challenge that victims of road accidents have to face.

 He has therefore advised that the amount be raised to about KR75, 000 per person.

 He said having such an amount in place would not only assist the families of the victims to benefit but also compel road users to take care on roads and not to put people at unwarranted risk.

 Mr. Kaoma said it was saddening that a lot of people died in a road accident in Chibombo.

 He has since conveyed his condolences to the families of the deceased.

 Recently, government revealed plans to establish a road fund accident to help facilitate compensation to victims and meet their financial and medical requirements.

 Most road traffic victims faced challenges such as permanent physical disability and loss of employment.