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HUMAN ERROR: Three die in minibus accident at Munali Hills, driver to be charged

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Three (3) people have died on the spot while five (5) others have sustained serious injuries after a Hiace minibus they were traveling in overturned at Munali Hills along the Great North Road (Mazabuka – Kafue).

Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo who confirmed the development in a statement to a local publication said the accident involved a Toyota Hiace Registration number BAE 3867 driven by Levinson Mweemba, 34 years of Kabobola compound in Mazabuka, with 14 passengers on board.

She said the accident happened when the driver while ascending an uphill, improperly overtook a truck on a curve, and in trying to avoid a head-on collision with an oncoming, he lost control of the vehicle and veered off the road and overturned several times.

“Due to the impact, three (3) passengers sustained fatal injuries and died on the spot. One has been identified as Violet Habumbe of Hakoola village, Chief Naluwama, Chikankata District while two, a female adult and a male adult have not yet been identified,” Katongo said.

She said the three bodies have been deposited in the Mazabuka general hospital mortuary awaiting post-mortem.

“Five (5) other passengers sustained serious injuries as follows (1) Male Rasheti Katanga, 30 years , Moono Jonathan 22 years of Chityotyola, Kafue and Rhoda Malambo 18 years of Chilanga township, male Situmbeko Namangala 74 years of Kanyama Compound in Lusaka and unknown male adult,” said Katongo.

And Katongo said all the five accident survivors are admitted to Kafue General Hospital while the six (6) other passengers and the driver who sustained minor injuries have been admitted to Nansenga clinic in Chikankata District.

She said the driver is yet to be charged with three (3) counts of Causing Death by Dangerous Driving.

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