SEVEN people died on the spot while 18 others sustained injuries when a vehicle they were travelling on overturned on the Choma-Namwala road on Saturday night.
Southern Province police commissioner Bonny Kapeso said in a statement yesterday that the accident happened when the driver of a Toyota Hiace minibus registration BAE 2682, identified as Brighton Hadunka, 46, of Mumbwa, lost control of the vehicle due to excessive speed.
“Five passengers died on the spot, including the driver, while two others died whilst admitted to Namwala District Hospital with 18 others who sustained various body injuries,” Mr Kapeso said.
The accident happened around 20:00 hours. Mr Kapeso has since cautioned motorists driving at night to always exercise patience.
“Motorists driving during the night have been cautioned to always be prudent and exercise patience bearing in mind that they are carrying lives of people,” he said.
The bodies of the deceased are in the Namwala District Hospital mortuary awaiting post-mortem and burial.
Last month, 11 people died on the spot while 29 others sustained injuries in a night road traffic accident which happened at Munali Hills in Chikankata district.
The driver of the Hino truck, which was carrying people, livestock and assorted goods, is believed to have been over-speeding when he lost control of the vehicle which later plunged into a 10 metre gorge.