A DIPLOMAT from Turkish Embassy in Lusaka died on spot at the weekend after being involved in road traffic accident along the Zimba-Livingstone road in Southern Province.
Three other passengers sustained multiple injuries and are admitted at Zimba Mission Hospital where they are receiving treatment.
Provincial Police Commissioner Mary Chikwanda, who confirmed the incident yesterday, identified the deceased as Masuk Bektas, 53 who was driving from Lusaka to Livingstone.
Ms Chikwanda named the three passengers as Huseyin Erben, 28, Aykut Kaesa, 16, and Nathal Zorlu, 46 who are believed to be also officials from the embassy.
She said Mr Bektas, who was driving a Toyota Altezza registration number ALP 574, careered off the road and overturned due to alleged excessive speeding.
Ms Chikwanda said in an interview that the accident happened on Sunday around 07:20 hours about 15 kilometers from Zimba Township.
“Mr Bektas, a diplomat from Turkish Embassy died on spot due to excessive speeding, the car overturned to the right side of the road and he (Mr Bektas) sustained head injuries,” she said.
Ms Chikwanda said the three passengers who sustained multiple injuries, were immediately rushed to Zimba District Hospital for treatment.
She said that Mr Erben sustained bruises on his right hand while Mr Kaesa, a juvenile, sustained a swollen leg.
Ms Chikwanda said Ms Zorlu suffered a backache and was also admitted to Zimba mission hospital while the body of Mr Bektas was lying at Zimba Mission hospital mortuary.