At least seven people died on the spot around 19hrs last night after a truck laden with cement hit into a stationary Toyota Hiace minibus which was offloading passengers at Kashitu area near Kapiri Mposhi.
The dead include the bus driver, women and children who met their fate on their way from Ndola.
The accident happened when a fasting moving truck belonging to Dangote Cement Company rammed into the stationary mini bus.
Kapiri Mposhi Fire Brigade and Traffic Police officers rushed to the scene of the accident to remove the dead from the wreckage
Earlier, the truck hit the rear of a black Toyota Altezza car registration number ACX 1747 forcing the small vehicle to overturn several times.
The driver of the Altezza, a Reverend Kangwa Mabuluki of the United Church Zambia in Lusaka, escaped unhurt.
Narrating the ordeal, Rev Mabuluki said he was lucky to be alive and that he had fastened his seatbelt.
The truck driver survived but escaped the scene, leaving his passenger lifeless.
And Dangote Industries Zambia has released the following statement
Dangote laments tragic loss of life in a road traffic accident and conveys condolences to the bereaved families
Lusaka, Zambia – Wednesday, 04 August 2016 – Dangote Industries (Zambia) Limited is deeply saddened by the tragic road accident that occurred last night involving one of our trucks and two other motor vehicles near Kapiri Mposhi. The incident is regrettable and we lament the loss of life of 8 people. The loss of one life is a loss to many. We convey our profound condolences to the bereaved families and wish those injured a speedy recovery.
We are co-operating with the Zambia Police and other traffic regulatory bodies in their investigations of the incident in verifying the facts of this unfortunate accident.
The safety of individuals is our number one priority. The company has developed safety measures for all our employees in their line of work. Dangote is committed to collaborative efforts that can reduce fatalities and injuries and continues to work with licensing boards, regulatory boards and the like to seek ways to promote safety in all spheres of our business.