SEVENTEEN people have died on the spot while two others are nursing injuries in an accident that happened at the junction of Mumbwa and Mwembeshi roads in Lusaka’s light industrial area.
Police spokesperson Charity Munganga said in an interview that the accident occurred yesterday in the morning around 7:50 hours when the driver of a truck registration number AAH 7373 tried to cut in front of a Toyota Hiace minibus registration number ALH 5968.
The dead include 13 males, three females and a baby.
Mrs Munganga said the 17 were part of the 19 passengers on the Lusaka-bound Toyota Hiace minibus. She said the 17 who died include the driver of the minibus, conductor and a baby.
She said the driver of the truck is on the run and the police have launched a manhunt for him.
“The minibus had 19 people on board, 17 of whom died on the spot. The two surviving victims have been admitted to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH). So far, none of the victims have been identified. The driver of the truck was alone,” she said.
However, an eye-witness who was at the scene when the accident happened told the Sunday Mail that the driver of the Toyota minibus was the one who caused the fatal accident.
“The minibus driver was behind a taxi driver who had signalled and given way to the truck driver. The minibus driver in full speed probably without realising why the taxi driver had stopped left his lane in pursuit of a passenger at a junction.
Unfortunately the truck was already in motion and went and hit into the bus. The driver of the truck and the people he was with all jumped out and ran. But they were all injured as they were bleeding,” said the eye-witness.
He said a mob managed to apprehend the injured passengers from the truck who were later taken to the hospital.
However, UTH spokesperson Mwenya Mulenga said seven victims from the accident are admitted to the medical facility.
Mr Mulenga confirmed in an interview that two of the seven victims are in a critical condition.
“We received seven victims from the Mumbwa-Mwembeshi junction road accident; three males and four females. Two are in critical condition. The seven were brought around 09:30 hours in the morning,” he said.