Over 100 road traffic accidents recorded during Independence Jubilee

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FIFTEEN people died in over 100 road traffic accidents that were recorded countrywide during the four days of Independence Jubilee anniversary celebrations.
Zambia Police Service acting spokesperson Esther Katongo said 168 road traffic accidents were recorded over the period from 18 hours on 23 October to 06 00 hours on Monday October 27.
“Of these accidents, 14 were fatal in which 15 people died, 19 were serious accidents which left 21 people with serious injuries, in 25 accidents, 28 people sustained slight injuries while 110 accidents were damages only,” Ms Katongo said.
She said Lusaka had the highest number with 87 road traffic accidents in which eight people died followed by Copperbelt which had 38 accidents but without any death recorded.
Southern Province had 16 accidents without any death but with five serious injuries, and Central Province had eight accidents with one death.
Ms Katongo said in Western Province, seven accidents and one death were recorded while Eastern Province recorded six accidents with three deaths and Luapula Province recorded five accidents and two deaths.
Northern Province recorded one non-fatal accident while North-Western and Muchinga provinces did not record any accident.
Meanwhile, Ms Katongo has said the police have exhumed the body of a baby that died with 25 other people in a boat accident on Lake Kariba on Independence Day.
The body has been exhumed to facilitate a post-mortem.
“We are thanking all the stakeholders that participated in the search operation and we are also thanking Gwembe residents for maintaining peace and exercising patience during the search operation,” Ms Katongo said.
She said the bodies of the other victims of the boat accident are also lying in the UTH mortuary.
A day of national mourning has been declared for tomorrow, when the victims will be put to rest.