The Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) is saddened by the death of four people in a road traffic accident that happened this morning.
Three people died on the spot among them two girls from Moomba Secondary School in Chisamba District after a Toyota Hiace minibus they were being driven in, lost control and overturned on the Great North road near Savanna Park.
The other pupil died at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH).
The conductor of the bus is among the three that died while the driver and nine other children, seven girls and two boys from the same school are admitted at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka.
Among those admitted is the driver Lucky Chimanga, 24, of Chazanga in Lusaka.
Preliminary accident investigations conducted by the RTSA have revealed that the driver is unlicensed to drive a Public Service Vehicle (PSV) and does not qualify to drive a PSV due to the fact that he is below the age of 25 years old, the required age to obtain a PSV Drivers License.
The investigations also revealed that the driver was over speeding, and lost control while trying to overtake another vehicle from the left side, and overturned several times.
“As the RTSA, we are saddened by the loss of young lives through an accident that could have been avoided had the driver been stopped and withdrawn from driving the vehicle he is unqualified to drive,” says agency Spokesman Frederick Mubanga.
He added, “In line with this, the Agency is warning motorists without Diving Licenses to refrain from driving, as those found wanting will face the wrath of the law. Further, we caution all motorists to observe appropriate speed to avoid road traffic accidents.”