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Two pedestrians yesterday died on the spot when a truck en-route to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) flipped on to them at Wusakile round about in Kitwe.
The truck, which had a refrigerated container fell on the two victims after its lost control around 06:00 hours.The bodies which were trapped under the truck were only retrieved after four hours by the fire brigade.
The victims were believed to have been on their way to work.Their bodies are lying at Kitwe Central Hospital (KCH) mortuary.
Copperbelt police commissioner Mary Tembo identified the driver of the truck as Jumas Nangolo, 35, of house number 245 Luderite Area in Namibia.
“The particulars of the two victims are not known. They suffered fatal injuries and the accident happened when the truck driver failed to negotiate the Wusakile roundabout due to excessive speed.
“The truck fell on two people who were standing on the side of the road at about 06.00 hours,” Ms Tembo said.
Mr Nangolo, who was driving the Freightliner truck registration number N26830J and carrying about 28 tonnes of dressed chicken, sustained general body pains and was admitted at KCH for observation.
He was transporting the chickens from Walvis Bay in Namibia to Lubumbashi in DRC with the truck belonging to Corridor Logistics of Namibia.
It is reported that it was the first time Mr Nangolo was using that route to DRC.
An Eye witness at the scene, Justine Chilongwa said immediately after the truck overturned, scores of people mostly residents of Wusakile Township rushed to the container to loot boxes of dressed chickens before police officers arrived at the scene to contain the situation.
Mr Chilongwa said police fired a shot in the air to disperse curious on lookers who remained at the scene from 06.00 hours until 12.50 hours when the container was completely removed from the accident scene.
More than 30 police officers, some in riot gear, kept vigil of the over 100 onlookers until all the consignment from the damaged container were loaded into another waiting truck.
The onlookers got agitated when they saw the two trapped bodies being retrieved and loaded in the police vehicle.
Kitwe District Commissioner Elias Kamanga visited the accident scene and appealed to the police and Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) to ensure that roads were safe and that motorists complied with road traffic regulations.
Mr Kamanga said Government was investing substantially in the rail way transport to reduce pressure on roads because of heavy traffic and that this would prolong the lifespan of roads in the country.