FIVE people died on the spot while 16 others sustained injuries after the Toyota Hino truck Reg. No. AKB 1527 they were travelling in was hit into by a passenger train at a rail crossing in Kafue.
The accident happened on 6th April 2015 around 19:00 hours after the driver of the truck failed to give way to the train which had the right of way.
In a statement by Police spokesperson Charity Chanda released in Lusaka today, out of the injured, 13 sustained serious injuries while three were treated and discharged. There were however, no casualties on the train.
The driver of the truck fled the scene and a man hunt has been launched for him.
Meanwhile, an onlooker who wanted to take advantage of the situation by stealing from the scene of accident also sustained serious injuries after being beaten by members of the public.
The bodies of the deceased are lying in Kafue District hospital mortuary while those injured are admitted to the same hospital.
In a related development, the police has clarified that the official number of people who died in the Mazabuka accident which happened in the early hours of 6th April 2015 is 17 and not as reported in some sections of the media.