12 die, 23 injured in Mazabuka carnage

At least 12 people have died on the spot and 23 others seriously injured in a fatal road accident in Mazabuka District after a Marcopolo Namwala bound bus they were travelling in collided head on with a South African registered truck and trailer near Kaleya farming block.

The accident happened after the South African truck-driver tried to avoid a cyclist in the early hours of yesterday but left his lane and hit into an oncoming Namwala bound bus with passengers on board.

Among the 12 dead were the drivers of the bus and the truck who also died on the spot.

Police spokesperson Charity Munganga Chanda has confirmed the development to the Daily Nation saying that the accident was caused by human error.

“12 people have died while 23 others sustained injuries after an accident which happened around 02:45 hours on 21st February 2014 near Frogmall located about 15Km from Mazabuka. Out of the 12, one died on the way to the University Teaching Hospital,” she said.

She explained that the accident happened when the driver of the South African Front Liner truck Reg. No. WXV 588GB and WXZ 598 T failed to keep to his lane as he was trying to avoid hitting into a cyclist.

“The truck in the process collided with an on-coming Marcopolo bus Reg. No. AJB 1652. Both drivers of the motor vehicles died on the spot. The bus was enroute from Namwala to Lusaka. Some of the injured have been rushed to UTH while others are in Mazabuka District Hospital. The bodies of the deceased are lying in Mazabuka District Hospital mortuary,” she said.

And Munganga-Chanda has revealed that police in Mongu have launched a manhunt for the driver of a Toyota Hiace bus registration number ALP 4748 who is on the run after the mini-bus he was driving over turned killing one on the sport and missing eleven others in Mongu.

She named the driver as Maunga Sibulwa, adding that the second victim died upon reaching Lewanika General Hospital in Mongu.

Munganga-Chanda said that the 11 surviving from the Kaoma-Mongu accident are admitted in the Lewanika general hospital.