Shiwangándu bus and a truck and trailer accident cliams three lives


Three people died on the spot in Shiwangándu district of Muchinga Province in the early of today in a fatal road traffic accident involving a Tanzanian Taqwa bus and a truck and trailer.

Five others have suffered multiple body injuries and have been admitted to Chinsali district hospital.

Both Muchinga Province Police Commissioner Remmy Kajoba and Muchinga Province Deputy Permanent Secretary Jewis Chabi have confirmed the accident in separate interviews with the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in Shiwangandu today.

Mr Kajoba said the accident involving a Tanzanian Taqwa bus registration number T298 BLZ which was coming from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and a Tanzanian registered truck number T302 BBR and Trailer number T453 AHP which was coming from Lusaka happened between 04:00 and 05:00 hours at Chikumba Village, 29 Km North of Shiwangándu district along the Great North Road.

Mr Kajoba identified the deceased as Osward Daison Mwawapa the driver, Mapinduzi Gilbert Siwale the conductor adding that the third victim, a passenger has not yet been identified.

The deceased and the five injured are all from the Taqwa bus.

Mr Kajoba explained that the bus was trying to overtake the truck when it lost control and hit into the trailer, horse and flipped on its left side.

The bus which was full of goods from Congo DRC had only 11 people on board while the truck which was also going to Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania was empty.

And Muchinga Deputy Permanent Secretary Jewis Chabi who was found at the accident scene appealed to family members and friends who had their relatives on the Taqwa bus to go to Chinsali and help in identifiying one victim who has not yet been identified.

Mr Chabi has also cautioned motorists not to be over speeding adding that some of the accidents on the Zambian roads are caused by reckless drivers who do not obey traffic rules.

Meanwhile, Chinsali district hospital Senior Nursing officer Stanley Patela has confirmed that the hospital received three Brought In Dead (BID) and five injured passengers.

Mr Patela said from the five injured passengers, four have stabilized while a female Tanzanian patient has been unconscious from the time she was taken to the ward.

The bodies of the three bus victims are currently lying at Chinsali district hospital mortuary.