Zambia police spokesperson Charity Chanda
Zambia police spokesperson Charity Chanda

INVESTIGATIONS into the cause of the accident involving a Scania Marcopolo bus that recently claimed 14 lives after it plunged into a gorge at Luangwa bridge has revealed that the vehicle was not in road worthy condition.

Police spokesperson Charity Munganga Chanda said in a statement yesterday that evidence recorded from passengers indicated that the driver had difficulties with the braking system and the bus stopped frequently because it was overheating.

“Our investigations have revealed that the bus was being driven in a dangerous condition. This is evidenced from the testimonies that we recorded from the surviving passengers who indicated that the driver had difficulties with the braking system and that they made stops on the way because the vehicle was boiling,” she said.

The bus registration No. ABA 4611 belonging to Ronsil Transport plunged into the gorge at Luangwa Bridge along the Great East road on November 30 instantly killing 14 on the spot.

Among the dead were six females and eight males who included the driver.

Ms Chanda said the bus whose seating capacity is 60 passengers was overloaded by over five passengers.

“This does not include the five infants, who according to Section 166 (ii) of the Road Traffic Act No. 11 of 2002 which states that children under the age of four years are not considered as passengers and that two children of apparent age or over four years but below eight years are considered as one passenger.

“Four of the children were below four while one was four years old and as such they do not qualify to be counted as passengers. Therefore, the bus was overloaded by five passengers,” she said.

And Ms. Chanda has disclosed that four male bodies were still lying in the UTH mortuary awaiting identification.

She said the other 10 people that perished have been buried after postmortem examinations were concluded.

Ms Chanda thanked members of the public for the assistance they rendered to the injured during and after the accident.

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19 COMMENTS

  1. over heating,defective brakes, overloaded by five passengers and the bus was driven in dangerous condition what caused the accident?

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    • Aint this amazing? The police couldn’t do their own detailed investigation. I bet it was easier for them to record statements from the passengers and call their investigation conclusive. Thats all they ever do, record statements using your pen and two weeks down the road, no one can trace the statement.

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  2. Give us results from expert forensic examination of the accident site and the wreckage, not this crap. What really caused the accident?

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  3. My Zambia! my Zambia! my Zambia! Investigations are concluded based on testimonies from passengers. Where are our investigators please?Don’t give us stories please, we need empirical evidence from an experts point view. so upset with the investigation team

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  4. THE TRUE REPORT IS ANNUAL SATANISM SACRIFICE. WE NEED TO BE VERY PRAYERFUL WHEN TRAVELING ON THESE ROADS. STOP TROUBLING ANY ONE. ZAMBIAN SEEK GOD FIRST AND BE COVERED IN THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS. DECLARE THE BLOOD OF JESUS AS YOU TRAVEL ON THESE ROADS. SOME ONE HAS OPENED THE THE DOORS TO THE PENDING PROBLEM OF ACCIDENTS ON THE BUT WE RENOUNCE IT IN JESUS NAME.MAY GOD HEAL THIS NATION

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  5. Is this what capitalism is allowed to do in Zambia? Someone must be executed for such carnage of precious human lives.

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  6. So far all I can see is incompetence from all corners. RTSA reported overloading without a weigh bridge reference. Extra passengers does not automatically signify overloading; however it could show that seats were filled and extra people added to squeeze in or stand (buses do have provision for standing passengers in most cases); now we are told about the bus having been defective in terms of its braking system based apparently on passenger testimony. We do not have any authoritative information from automotive experts. Add to that roads that have remained the same over decades and only enjoy resurfacing without any innovative improvements to keep up with the times and changing circumstances. Disgusting.

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  7. Let’s encourage passengers to report faulty buses to the police at the hundreds of roadblocks on the roads. Let’s have an SMS police hotline where passengers can report cases of faulty buses , drunk or incompetent drivers etc.

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  8. For two weeks all the police could tell the public is wat passengers told them?and yet we were told they are investigating. Come on zambia be serious.
    .o

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  9. Insure an afed bus comprehensively, then have an accident, then wait a month and claim. Buy 2 buses frm the claim.

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