Two people have died in two separate road traffic accidents that occurred in Muchinga Province in the last 24 hours.
Muchinga Police Commissioner Auxensio Daka has confirmed the accidents in an interview with the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in Chinsali today.
Mr. Daka said that in the Nakonde bus accident that happened around 04:00 hours yesterday at Chilolwa , 40 km from Nakonde border along the Great North Road, one person died while 22 others have suffered serious multiple body injuries.
Mr. Daka identified the deceased as Simon Sikaonga aged 9 of Tanzanian national who died upon arrival at Nakonde hospital.
Mr. Daka said 22 people were rushed to Nakonde District hospital and 11 were later discharged after being treated.
The Police Chief said the accident occurred when Kennedy Ng’andwe, 39, of Garden Compound in Lusaka, a driver of a Higer Bus registration number ALK 9922 belonging to chocho with 45 passengers on board lost control and overturned on the right side of the road.
Nakonde District Medical Officer Jimmy Ngoyi said a total of 22 people were admitted to Nakonde hospital and 11 were later discharged and 5 have been referred to Kasama General Hospital for specialist treatment and 6 are still admitted to Nakonde District hospital.
Dr. Ngoyi described the condition of those referred to Kasama and those still admitted to Nakonde hospital as serious but stable.
Most of the injured passengers have suffered broken limbs.
In the Mpika accident, a driver of a Mazda Bogo mini bus died on the spot while two other passengers have suffered general body pains and have been admitted to Mpika District Hospital after a mini bus they were traveling hit in hit into a trailer of a truck, lost control and careered off the road.
Muchinga Police Commissioner Daka identified the driver as Happy Bowa aged 40 of TAZARA compound in Mpika.
Mr. Daka said that the mini bus registration number ACZ 1336 was coming from south heading north adding that the accident happened around 00:30 hours this morning.