Seven people have died while others injured in a fatal road accident which happened yesterday on Great North Road in Lusaka.
Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga confirmed the accident last night in a media statement that the accident occurred at about 18:40 hours.
He said the accident happened when the unknown driver for the Howo truck who was driving from North to South swerved to his right side lane in trying to avoid a small bus which was in front of him.
Mr. Hamoonga said in the process of swerving he lost control of the motor vehicle which crossed the island, went in the opposite lane and hit into a Rosa bus that was moving from South to North.
Mr. Hamoonga said involved was unknown driver who was driving a Mitsubishi Rosa Passenger Service Vehicle bus registration number BAK 9787 who died on the spot.
He said the bus was extensively damaged.
“Also involved were 29 passengers in the Rosa bus of which eight unknown passengers sustained fatal injuries, two male adults, three female adults, two unknown male juveniles and one unknown female juvenile.
Seven dead bodies have been deposited in UTH mortuary whilst two bodies are in Chingwere level One mortuary (Deceased driver inclusive),” Mr. Hamoonga said.
He said 16 passengers in the Rosa bus sustained serious injuries in which seven women nine men are all admitted in UTH.
“Also involved was unknown male adult driver who was driving a Howo truck and trailer registration number AOB 3515 and BAC 9616 T which was damaged and the driver is on the run,” Mr. Hamoonga said.
He said the bodies of the deceased driver and the passengers await identification and post mortem.