Patient dies in ambulance accident

AN 88-YEAR-OLD patient of Kapiri Mposhi has died after the ambulance that was taking her to Kabwe General Hospital (KGH) overturned on Lukanga Road.
The accident happened on Tuesday around 17:30 hours as the ambulance belonging to Kabwe District Community Medical Office was transporting Esther Jimu from Munga Rural Health Centre to KGH.
Central Province deputy police commissioner Edwin Bwanga said the accident happened when the driver of the ambulance, identified as Adrian Manyunshi, 39, lost control of the vehicle and hit into cyclist Evans Washeni, 55, of Makululu township.
Mr Bwanga said the accident happened on Tuesday around 15:40 hours on Lukanga Road, and that Mr Manyunshi was driving a Toyota Land Cruiser ambulance registration number GRZ 580.
Mr Bwanga said Ms Njimi sustained serious injuries and died on the way to KGH.
Mr Bwanga said Lucy Chibangula, who accompanied Ms Njimi, sustained body injuries and is admitted to KGH.
Mr Bwanga also said Mr Washeni, who is also admitted to the same hospital, complained of back pains.
He said the ambulance and the bicycle were extensively damaged.
He also said Mr Manyunshi has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving.
A family representative, Alex Kasaila, said when Ms Njimu, who is survived by five children and 35 grandchildren, complained of chest pains, she was taken to the health centre before being referred to KGH.
“We buried her on Friday but it’s regrettable that she died in the ambulance that was sent to take her to hospital,” Mr Kasaila said.
He said post mortem results revealed that Ms Jimu died because of three broken left ribs, one broken right rib and a crashed skull.
And MUBANGA NONDO in Ndola reports that a 25-year-old security guard of Scorpion Security Services in Kasama has died after being run over by a train as he was sleeping on the rail line.
Northern Province deputy commissioner of police Alfred Nawa said the incident happened on Friday around 02:00 hours in Kasama’s Tazara area.
He named the deceased as Jacob Gondwe, 25, of Kapongolo village in Mwamba’s chiefdom.
He said Mr Gondwe was reportedly attempting to cross the railway line as he was returning home from drinking but fell asleep on the rail line.
“He was run over by a train which was travelling from Nakonde to Mpika,” Mr Nawa said.
Mr Nawa said Mr Gondwe’s left leg was amputated, his left arm crushed and had severe head injuries.  He died on the spot.
His body is in the Kasama General Hospital awaiting a post mortem.

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