Truck loses its container on the Chingola -Chililabombwe road as it failed to go under the bridge and crashes onto cars .Sent by LT blogger
Truck loses its container on the Chingola -Chililabombwe road as it failed to go under the bridge and crashes onto cars .Sent by LT blogger
Truck loses its container on the Chingola -Chililabombwe road as it failed to go under the bridge and crashes onto cars .Sent by LT blogger

An accident occurred on the Chingola -Chililabombwe road on Wednesday morning.A simple risk assessment could have prevented this from happening. Commuters complain that whilst the road is under construction there is no proper traffic control on the road.No further details of the accident were available at the time of publication.

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  1. this is Zambia infrastructure development for you; there should have been people directing traffic to let some cars pass while others wait since the roads seems to be under construction; thankfully that lives were not lost & I hope not life was lost;

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    • Zambian roads always look like a set for a FINAL DESTINATION movie.

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    • This is the problem of not putting road signage, am sure the driver didn’t see any specifications on height , a truck with such height can’t go through that lowly built brigde. HALLO RDA.

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    • For your information there are people with flags giving direction. I was there for two days. Eye witnesses said the container was slightly higher than the clearance of the bridge. It safely passed the overbridge at Mwaiseni but failed to clear the one at the Solwezi turn off. It’s assumed that the muck from the construction work could have reduced the clearance. Even in Australia it happens.

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    • Do someone with all his brain faculties intact need eye witness opinion on this one when you can see clearly even on pictures that the container on the truck is way higher than the bridge.

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    • @1.4 Hope you read that it safely passed under the mwaiseni overbridge? In case you didn’t know, there are two underbridges between the Boma and the KCM plant on this road.

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    • Problem with opposition party minds is that they always want to argue from without. Clearly, the container was higher than the bridge and no one could have prophesied that accident. In ordinary circumstances the driver of the carrier aught to have used his experience or instinct upon seeing the type of bridge at hand. In short, negligence on the part of the driver is at play here.

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    • The blue thing is not a trailer, it is called container.
      Then the cars smashed has very styupid drivers. You can’t drive next to a truck under bridge.

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    • @KHAKIS: You have got it wrong. This is the Mwaiseni rail overhead bridge. The rail bridge near the robots (before Solwezi turn-off) could not have caused this because a detour has been created and vehicles are passing on a rump on the right hand side. This detour has no bridge over it.
      THE DRIVER WAS AT FAULT BECAUSE HE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN THE HEIGHT OF HIS LOAD AND CONFIRM THE BRIDGE HEIGHT BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO CROSS. YOU DON’T EXPECT THOSE POOR LADIES EMPLOYED TO GIVE SIGNALS TO KNOW WHAT THE HEIGHT OF THE TRUCK WAS.
      THIS DRIVER SHOULD HAVE USED THE WINDING ROAD PASSING THROUGH CHINGOLA CEMENTERY WHERE THERE ARE NO FLY OVER BRIDGES.

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    • @Nostradamus
      Please have some uluse,, firstly look at the road no markings and lungu’s bridge does not say how high it is

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  2. Someone responsible for risk assessment should be fired. This should not be allowed to happen. These rtsa guys have no idea what safety is for road users. They think speed and a muddy engine are the causes of accidents

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  3. The container truck is not an abnormal load or height. RDA did not put out a sign either. RDA should take corrective action and further compensate the motorist (s). Should we be getting out of our trucks to measure the clearance height each time we pass a bridge?

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    • Better to step out and check, or carefully advance at a safe speed than cruising through blindly expecting all to be well, ati: fyala isova!

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  4. The Whole Local Leadership in Chingola are to blame. I personally passed through that same bridge over the weekend. Its a death trap. Its a struggle for small cars as well as big trucks to pass. Why is it that innocent motorists are being subjected to such defunct conditions? When a road is being repaired or upgraded, the contractor must make a good alternative road not what we are seeing in Chingola. Its very shamefull

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    • @Daniel Ngoshe. Why should you blame the Local leadership? It is sad because what I now see is that no one is taking up responsibility for their actions. I live in a developed country and contractors have been working on the road to the Oil Refinery which is my workplace and they have been closing and working on one side of the road, finish and move to the other side. In a city, where do you construct a detour road?? Motorists should learn to reduce speed and learn to share the use of the road. The major problem is Zambians have no road courtesy.

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    • Most of you are commenting without any facts are just showing your ignorance. That bridge has signage showing the bridge clearance. That driver just like any vehicle operator has an obligation to ensure that the vehicle is operated safely. Besides vehicles with higher loads have passed through Chingola on the way to North Western province and we have never had such mishaps caused by a dull driver.

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  5. People please don’t make comments when you don’t understand how these containers are secured, i deal with this,there is nothing wrong with the road,let me educate you a little bit.
    1. The container was not secured,by this i mean that what we call “dogs” were not locked
    2. From the pictures you can tell that the container was put on the wrong trailer with no “dogs” (locks),the
    container was just sitting on top.
    3.The driver did not do vehicle inspection before starting to drive.
    4. The driver was supposed to physically come out of the 18 wheeler and inspect if it is safe to proceed.

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  6. This container is not beyond the bridges’ height, it was just unsecured and the drivers of all the vehicles involved are foolish to have ignored the detour.

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  7. All of us here are suppose to express our opinions or views. And the language depicting an opinion should differ from that used when stating facts after investigations.

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  8. I’m with you Zedian , it’s on the driver and he has full responsibility for his load. It’s also on the government of shiit Zambia to have markers and signs of the height of the bridge for the fooolish driver to read the clearance of his load. Let his insurance policy pay for the damages on the bridge and vehicle’s damages too and if they were lives lost or body injuries sue for negligence. Foools in Zambia are getting away with all sorts of crime.

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  9. The contractor doing that portion is Chinese. He raised the base of road too high and reducing clearance for such trucks that have been crossing the same spot for years. The chaps supervising this project must be charges for criminal negligence! Drivers also must use common sense on our treacherous roads! Please exercise patience and do your field level risk assessment! Always ask yourself: What can go wrong here? Never take silly chances on the road as many are fond pf doing. That silly risk you take may just be your last!

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  10. DONT TALK FROM WITHOUT. SIGNS OF THE ONCOMING HEIGHT CLEARANCE ARE THERE ACROSS THE ROAD. INFACT THERE IS A SIGN FOR HEAVY TRUCKS TO TAKE TURM LEFT AT TURN OFF NEAR THE MOTEL WAY BEFORE THE UNDERBRIDGE! THE DRIVER WAS INCOMPETENT AND STUPID!

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