Fourteen die in road accident

Fourteen people died on the spot while 54 others are admitted to Mupainshya Hospital after the Marcopolo Scania bus plunged into a ditch near the Luangwa Bridge.

And nine victims were airlifted to the University Teaching Hospital for further treatment from the Chipata bound bus accident scene which plunged into a ditch near the Luangwa Bridge.

UTH public relations manager Mwenya Mulenga disclosed to the Daily Nation that two casualties were seen and discharged while seven people have remained in serious condition.

“We have six adults and one male child still admitted to the hospital and their condition is serious but stable with general body and head injuries,” he said.

Police public relations officer Charity Chanda said the driver of the eastern bound bus registration number ABA 4611 belonging to Ronsil Transport lost control of the vehicle and plunged into the ditch on its way Chipata.

The accident happened just around 20:00hrs on Saturday night that resulted in the death of 14 people among them six females and eight males who included the driver.

She said the police were still at the scene of the accident trying to retrieve the bus from the ditch with assistance of the Zambia Army crane that had arrived earlier.

Chanda said police had instituted investigations into the cause of the accident and that the deceased bodies were lying in the mortuary of the same hospital.