A Truck driver has died on the spot while two other people including a woman are admitted to St. Luke’s Mpanshya Mission Hospital following a fatal road accident in Rufunsa March 26th.
The accident involved a Lusaka bound truck from Lundazi District carrying maize which overturned after the brake system failed.
Both Rufunsa District Commissioner Paul Kasongo and St. Luke’s Mpanshya Mission Hospital Administrator Valeria Kabaso confirmed the accident to the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in Rufunsa District March 27th.
ZANIS reports that Mr. Kasongo who rushed to the accident scene attributed the fatal accident to fatigue and the fact that most drivers are not familiar with the Great East road.
The accident happened around 18:00 hours along the Great East Road’s Manenekela area near Mpanshya turnoff.
The DC has since implored motorists using the Great East Road to take extra caution on the stretch between Luangwa Bridge to Nyangwenya area which he said had become a death trap.
“I want to implore motorists to observe basic traffic rules especially along the stretch between Luangwa Bridge and Nyangwenya area which has now become a death trap”,he advised.
Mr. Kasongo further implored motorists to park for a few minutes whenever they feel fatigued to avoid causing accidents.
“It’’ sad the country has continued to record needless deaths through accidents due to non-adherence to basic traffic rules”, he noted.
He has directed traffic officers to intensify road patrols to enhance road safety for both motorists and other road users.
And St. Luke’s Mpanshya Mission Hospital Administrator Valeria Kabaso identified the deceased truck driver as Daniel Sinda,28 of Lundazi District in the Eastern Province.
Sister Kabaso further identified the other two victims as Lilian Chilembo, 29 who sustained a dislocated shoulder and broken leg and Adamson Mumba,25 who was treated as an outpatient and has since been discharged.
“We received three victims with one brought in dead (BID) with Chilembo being admitted while Mumba was discharged after observation”, she said.
Sr. Kabaso explained that the condition of Chilembo was stable and medical personal were yet to decided whether to do a Plaster of Paris (PoP) on the broken leg.
Medical staff from Mpanshya Mission Hospital and villagers from nearby villages had a difficulty time to remove the three victims that were trapped in the extensively damaged horse of the truck before the Fire Brigade Officers arrived on the scene from Chongwe District.
Sr. Kabaso said the body of Mr. Sinda is lying at St. Luke Mission Mission Hospital mortuary.
All the three victims are from Lundazi District in Eastern Province.