Three people have died on the spot after the Toyota Noah registration number ALT 746 they were travelling in overturned due to a tyre burst.
The accident happened on yesterday Monday 8th September, around 18:30 hours along the Great East Road at Maula area in Chongwe.
Police Spokesperson Charity Munganga-Chanda has told Qfm news in a statement that the deceased, who all are from Kaoma, have been identified as Christine Muletambo 45, Monde Mwangelwa 60 and Munalula Mushoke 21, who was also the driver of the vehicle.
Ms. Chanda says the bodies of the deceased are lying in Chongwe District Hospital Mortuary awaiting postmortem.
Meanwhile business in Mbala today came to a standstill when hundreds of mourners flocked to President’s Park to pay the last respect to the road traffic accident victims who died on Sunday on the Mbala – Kasama road.
And government has described the loss of eight people in the road traffic accident as a national tragedy with a call on drivers to be cautious as they drive on the road.
Northern Province Deputy Permanent Secretary Bornface Mbuzi who represented Provincial Minister, Freedom Sikazwe at the burial service also implored Police traffic Officers to step up road traffic patrols to minimize road carnage.
Mr. Mbuzi said government is deeply concerned over the increased number of road traffic accident deaths arising out of overloading and over speeding by the drivers.
He has since appealed to the bereaved families to remain calm as they mourn their beloved ones.
Eight people of the same family who were travelling from Lusaka for the funeral died on the Mbala – Kasama road when a Toyota Noah registration number ALM 2008 over turned following a rear tyre burst killing six people on the spot, while two others died in the Kasama general hospital.
Six bodies have been buried in Mbala at Mutambalike cemetery while two other bodies will be buried in Lusaka.
Government through the Provincial Administration procured the coffins for the eight road traffic accident victims.
( Tuesday 09th September 2014 )