Police have charged the driver of the Toyota Land Cruiser involved in yesterday’s accident involving a Post bus and a truck with 51 counts of causing death by dangerous driving contrary to section 161 of the Road Traffic Act No.11 of 2002 of the laws of Zambia.
Inspector General of Police Stella Libongani has told QFM News in a statement that the driver of the Land Cruiser registration No. ABH 2214 Van eeden Abraham aged 74 of farm number 1468 Mkushi farm will appear in court soon.
Ms Libongani says Police investigations have established that Mr Vandeem Abraham was the cause of the accident which claimed dozens of lives, after he misjudged the distance and attempted to overtake the bus, in the process hit into the on-coming truck which in turn lost control and hit into the Post Bus that was coming from the opposite direction.
And Ms Libongani has expressed concern with the varying media statistics being reported of the number people that died in the accident along the Great North road at John Chinena in Chibombo district.
She has since clarified that the actual number of people who died in the accident stands at fifty one (51).
The Inspector General explains that 47 people who were aboard the bus died on the spot while two others died on the way to Liteta hospital and UTH bringing the number of those from the bus to 49, while two bodies were retrieved from the truck, bringing the total number of victims to 51.
She says thirty bodies have since been identified, and has appealed to members of the public that have relatives and friends travelling from Ndola, Kapiri, Kabwe to Lusaka and have not reached to report to the nearest Police.
Ms Libongani says sixteen passengers were injured in the accident and admitted to UTH, Kabwe general hospital and Liteta hospital.
She says of the 12 admitted to the UTH, two have been discharged together with the other two who were admitted to Liteta hospital, with ten still admitted to UTH and two to Kabwe General hospital.
And Ms Libongani has identified the driver of the Post Bus registration No.ABV 4020 as Chiluba and the driver of the truck registration No. 1792 AB 05 horse and 1793 AB 05 trailer as Joseph Kasongo.
The bus left Ndola with 73 people including the driver and his assistant.