33 perish in road mishap

Thirty three people have died while four others have been critically injured in a road traffic accident which happened this morning involving a Zambia-Malawi bus and a truck on the Great East road, about 15 kilometers from Nyimba district.

The bus was travelling from Chipata to Lusaka when it collided with the truck at a place called Mchimadzi.

Eastern Province Medical Officer Kennedy Malama told ZANIS in an interview that 28 people died on the spot while two died on the way to Nyimba district hospital. One died at the hospital.

Dr. Malama said the accident happened at 07:40 this morning and that of the thirty three that died eighteen were male adults, nine were female adults while six were children.

He said 55 other people are in a stable condition although medical authorities are still observing them.

Dr. Malama said two of the critically injured have already been taken to the theatre adding that one sustained a serious pelvic rapture while the other suffered severe chest injuries.

He said 25 bodies will be taken to Chipata, Petauke and St. Francis hospitals as Nyimba district hospital does not have the capacity to take up all the bodies.

Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Eularia Mwale, who rushed to the scene of the accident, found the truck burnt to ashes while the right side of the truck was ripped off.

Meanwhile, one of the survivors, Peter Banda said the accident occurred when the driver was trying to negotiate a corner before colliding with the truck that was ferrying lime to Chipata.

Police spokesperson Ndandula Siamana has also confirmed the accident.