A 33-year-old woman has sustained serious burns after a Hino truck she was traveling in caught fire after being involved in an accident in Luangwa.

According to a statement from police spokesperson Esther Mwaata Katongo narrated that the accident occurred around 07:00 hours, Tuesday.

“One person has sustained serious burns in a fire ignited after an accident which happened at Nchoncho area of Luangwa District today, on 21st May, 2019 at about 07:00 hours involving three motor vehicles namely a Hino Truck registration number BAJ 7546 driven by Innocent Maliti aged 35 of Lusaka’s Kanyama, a Freight liner truck registration number NU 8683 driven by Ibrahim Kanyangama of Blantyre in Malawi and a Juldan Marcopolo bus registration number ABP 8905 driven by David Mazamba aged 46,” Katongo stated.

“The accident happened when the Hino truck moving in the eastern direction tried to by-pass a Volvo truck property of Aliboo trading heading in the same direction but had stopped right on the road at a curve, and in the process collided with the oncoming freight liner causing the fire and the Juldan bus which was moving behind the Hino Truck hit into the Hino.”

She stated that the female victim had been referred to the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka for treatment.

“The female victim identified as Maria Mahombe aged 33 of Luangwa who was a passenger on a Hino truck was rushed to Mumpanshya medical centre and has been referred to UTH while the driver of the Hino truck escaped with minor burns. Contrary to what is circulating on social media, there was no fatality in the accident,” stated Katongo.