PRISCILLA CHIPULU, Lusaka
SIX people died in road traffic accidents on Tuesday in Lusaka, Copperbelt and Western provinces.
Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said in Lusaka, three people, among them a male juvenile, died on the
spot after they were run over by a Mitsubishi truck registration ACL 4897 which was being driven by Stephen Milambo, 30, of Chunga township.
She identified the deceased as Agness Banda, 22, Cynthia Zulu, 20, both of Meanwood, and a nine-month-old baby.
The accident happened when the driver of the truck failed to maintain his lane and hit the pedestrians who were standing by the roadside.
Ms Katongo said the bodies of the trio are in the University Teaching Hospital mortuary awaiting post-mortem and burial while the driver of the truck has been charged with three counts of causing death by dangerous driving.
On the Copperbelt, a driver of a BMW vehicle registration ADA 406 identified as Mulenga Mumbi, 32, of Riverside in Kitwe, died at Kitwe Central Hospital after being involved in an accident which happened around 18:00 hours on the Ndola–Kitwe dual carriageway at Jonkens Junction.
Ms Katongo said the accident happened when the driver lost control of the vehicle and hit into a Benz truck registration ACL 5560 which was parked off the road.
And in Western Province, a nine-year-old boy of Kaoma Site and Service died in an accident which happened around 15:30 hours in the same area.
The accident happened when the right tyre of a Mitsubishi Canter registration ABF 6941, which was being driven by Gift Mutupo, 27, careered off the road and hit the pedestrian who died upon arrival at Kaoma District Hospital.
“In another accident which happened in Luampa district, a pedestrian identified as Mandandu Kashondo, aged 28, of Lui area died on the spot after he was hit by a motor vehicle as he was crossing the road at about 18:00 hours at Lui area. The body is in the Kaoma District Hospital mortuary,” Ms Katongo said.