Four women died on the spot in a road traffic accident on the Ndola-Kitwe dual carriage way while ferrying merchandise to Kitwe, Police have said.
Police also confirmed two other accidents in Kafue and Chilanga respectively, which resulted in the deaths of four other people.
Copperbelt Police Commissioner, Joyce Kasosa and Police spokesperson Charity Mukanga-Chanda provided details on the deaths of the four women, who were traveling from Maposa Farm bloc around 04:00 hours.
The four women died while transporting merchandise to Kitwe during the early hours of yesterday.
“One of the deceased women had a seven-year-old child who was unhurt but was badly traumatized as the child was found holding on to its mother’s body, which had a crushed head. The truck was being driven from South to North and due to excessive speed it hit into the stationary Isuzu,” Ms Kasosa said.
Ms Kasosa said five passengers from the accident were admitted to Kitwe Central Hospital (KCH) while nine others were treated and discharged.
She said the Isuzu, which was being driven by Andrew Mwila, 40, of Bulangililo Township in Kitwe, was extensively damaged.
The accident happened when the driver of an ERF truck registration number ALJ 4932 identified as Frank Kasongo aged 54 of house number 8010 of Lubuto Ndola, hit into an Isuzu light truck Registration number ACH 8162 which had parked on the road after it developed a fault.
“The Isuzu overturned after being hit leaving four dead, seven injured while among the injured, four are admitted to Wusakile Mine and Kitwe Central hospital” Ms Chanda added.
In the Kafue accident, Ms Chanda said the two accident victims died after a Police Land-Cruiser they were travelling in hit into a stationed truck on the side of the road near River Motel.
She said four other people sustained injuries. The deceased were identified as Bernard Simbaya and Edwin Munene while the injured were Esna Mulpa, Tobias Mooya, Thomas Nyirenda and Winfred Tumbola, all of Siavionga.
“The incident happened as the driver of the Land-Cruiser, Kelvin Mukubi was trying to avoid hitting into an on-coming vehicle which was overtaking at a curve but in the process swerved and hit into the trailer of the stationed truck,” she said.
Both drivers in the two accidents had been detained after being charged with two and four counts of causing death by dangerous driving respectively.
In the Chilanga fatality, Ms Chanda said two unidentified white men died on the spot around 14:00 today.
“They were in a Toyota Prado registration number ACP 6526 coming from the Chilanga direction to Lusaka. The bodies of the deceased are at UTH mortuary,” she said.