16 People including the driver died on the spot while 38 others survived in a fatal road accident that occurred at Namilangi area along the Mongu-Lusaka road around 23:30 hours on Thursday night.
Sixteen people have been confirmed dead after a Higer bus ALV 9489 belonging to Liyez Bus Services driven by Imangolwa Luyanga, 41, collided with a Toyota Coaster AAX 8562 which was pulling a trailer registration number ABC 4037 T and driven by Chrossbin Mwittah, 40.
Police Assistant Spokesperson Levy Lilanga said the accident happened when the driver of the Higer Bus was trying to overtake the Rav4 which was stationery due to a breakdown as he was coming from Senanga and heading to Lusaka, in the process collided head-on with the Mitsubishi Rosa Bus which was coming from Lusaka heading to Mongu.
And the Road Transport and Safety Agency is saddened by the death of 16 people in a road crash last night on the Mongu – Lusaka road at Namilangi area in Kaoma around 23:30 hrs.
“Preliminary investigations conducted by the RTSA have established that the accident happened when the driver of the Higer Bus was trying to avoid a stationery Toyota RAV 4 vehicle registration number ALP 4038 which had broken down. Because of poor visibility, the Higer bus driver did not see the oncoming Toyota Coaster thereby colliding,” says RTSA Spokesman Fred Mubanga.
Further investigations have revealed that the driver of the Toyota Coaster bus, Chrossbin Mwittah, did not have the appropriate class of license to drive a Public Service Vehicle (PSV) and that the vehicle did not have a valid road tax to be on the road.
The driver of the Toyota Coaster bus and 15 passengers from it died on the spot and their bodies are lying in Kaoma District Hospital mortuary.
The driver of the Higer bus Imangolwa Luyanga has been charged with the case of causing death by dangerous driving.
Among the 16 that died, the following have been identified as Edwin Mbao, a soldier based at Luena Barracks in Kaoma, Tantine Kilundu aged 26 together her son and Prince Mihigo aged 6, Congolese refugees of Mayukwayukwa refugee.
All the deceased are lying in Kaoma District Hospital Mortuary awaiting identification and post-mortem.
“We are appealing to members of the public who could have their relatives travelling from Lusaka to Mongu on a Rosa Bus to go and help in the identification of the bodies,” Mr Lilanga said.