THIRTEEN passengers have died while 17 others have been injured in a fatal road traffic accident which occurred around 04:30 hours in Pemba town along Great North Road yesterday.
According to police, involved in the accident was a Mitsubishi Rosa belonging to Maamba United Church of Zambia driven by Webster Siyamayuwa aged 35 of New Houses in Maamba and a Freightliner Truck driven by Malufu Bruno aged 30 of Solobon compound in Kafue.
In a statement, Thursday, Southern Province commanding officer Alfred Nawa said the accident occurred when the driver of the Mitsubishi Rosa bus failed to keep to his side and in the process collided with the Freightliner truck.
“Police recorded a Fatal Road Traffic Accident which occurred today 27th January 2022 at about 04:30 hours at Pemba town along Great North Road. Involved in the accident was a Mitsubishi Rosa registration number AJE 1365 belonging to Maamba United Church of Zambia driven by M/Webster Siyamayuwa aged 35 of New Houses in Maamba from South to North direction and a Freightliner Truck registration number ALH 6626 AAN 3923T driven by M/Malufu Bruno aged 30 of Solobon compound in Kafue from North to South,” he said.
“The accident occurred when the driver of the Mitsubishi Rosa bus failed to keep to his near side in the process collided with the Freightliner truck. Due to the impact of the accident, the driver of the bus and 13 passengers died on the spot who included: F/Chiboola Beene of Munyumbwe in Gweembe District, M/Panji Mweetwa adult of Unknown address, F/Merry Chipikili adult of Kabanana compound in Maamba and 10other unidentified deceased passengers out of which Six are Females amongst them a female juvenile aged one year six months and four Males.”
Nawa said 17 were seriously injured including one passenger from the truck.
“17 were seriously injured including one passenger from the truck namely; Annie Hambwaza of Maamba aged 55 who sustained deep cuts on the head and bleeding from the nose, unidentified Female adult of Maamba who sustained internal injuries and is unconscious, Nalishebo Simunji aged 32 of Maamba who sustained swollen forehead and backache, Pesia Sichifumba of Maamba aged 18 who sustained painful left leg and general body pains, female Jevenile aged 15 of Kabanana compound in Maamba sustained a fractured right arm and swollen forehead, Jacqueline Habeenzu aged 32 of Maamba sustained general body pains,” he said.
“Kamwi Simasiku aged 35 of Maamba sustained a fractured right arm and general body pains, Pharoah Siabeke aged 21 of Sinazongwe sustained cuts on the forehead and general body pains, Aongola Maureen aged 32 of Kalomo Sustained a fractured right arm and chest pains, Lizzy Banda aged 22 of Kamwala in Lusaka sustained fractured legs and bruises on the forehead, Nyanga Ander aged 43 of Ngoma compound in Maamba sustained a fractured left leg and chest pains, Chileshe Gloria aged 35 of Maamba sustained deep cuts on her left leg and chest pains, Kelly Sigabwe aged 22 of Sinazeze sustained chest pains and general body pains.”
Nawa said all the Seventeen victims are admitted to Monze Mission Hospital.
“Juvenile Adult aged 19 sustained cuts on the head and fractured legs, Christine Kalimukwa aged 39 of Maamba complained of painful legs and backache, an unidentified male passenger who sustained internal injuries and are unconscious and Weddy Mbuzi aged 26 who was a passenger on the truck of Solobon Compound in Kafue. All the Seventeen victims are admitted to Monze Mission Hospital. The Mitsubishi Rosa bus was extensively damaged whilst the truck had the front part extensively damaged. The driver of the truck escaped unhurt,” said Nawa.