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Four die in an accident

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A fatal road accident on the Kasama-Mbala highway has claimed the lives of four people, with several others injured.

The accident occurred around 5:00 am on Monday, May 20th, approximately 5 kilometers north of Kasama.

According to the police report, the accident involved a Toyota Vitz vehicle driven by 21-year-old Gift Bwalya, who was traveling from south to north.

Tragically, Bwalya and his three passengers – Charles Mwape (51), Joan Bwalya (40-45), and Blessings Mapalo (24) – all sustained fatal head injuries and died on the spot.

The second vehicle involved was a Tata truck belonging to the Zambia Forest and Forestry Industries Corporation (ZAFFICO), driven by Robert Sinyangwe, 37, who fled the scene immediately after the accident. The truck was carrying six passengers, one of whom, Amos Mulenga, 23, sustained suspected internal injuries and is currently unconscious. The other five passengers – Justin Sinkala, Victor Mulenga, Timothy Nkalamu, Mathews Pambi, and Morgan Mutale – sustained minor injuries and were treated at the hospital.

The police investigation revealed that the accident occurred when the driver of the Tata truck failed to maintain his lane and collided head-on with the Toyota Vitz, causing the smaller vehicle to careen off the road to the western side. The impact of the collision resulted in extensive damage to the Toyota Vitz, while the Tata truck suffered a depressed front right fender, a damaged bulbar, and a broken right headlamp.

The bodies of the deceased have been deposited at the Kasama General Hospital Mortuary, where postmortem examinations will be conducted.

The injured passenger, Amos Mulenga, is currently receiving treatment at the same hospital.

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