59 injured in bus accident

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About  59 passengers have been injured in a road accident involving a Zambia-Malawi luxury passenger bus.

The accident happened Monday morning in Rufunsa district.

Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo confirmed the accident which occurred along great East Road at Chitemalesa area at around 05.30 hours.

Police Spokesperson Esther KATONGO

Mrs. Katongo has told ZNBC News that the 53 victims who suffered slight injuries are being treated at Chongwe Hospital while the six who sustained serious injuries are admitted at University Teaching Hospital and Levy Mwanawasa Hospital.

Mrs. Katongo said the Accident occurred when the driver failed to negotiate a curve and lost control owing  to excessive speed.

Meanwhile Lusaka province minister Japhen Mwakalombe this afternoon visited the Chongwe road accident victims at Chongwe District Hospital.

Mr. Mwakalombe who is Chongwe MP says quick response from Chongwe District hospital helped save the lives of the people.

And Mr. Mwakalombe said plans by government to upgrade Chongwe District Hospital into a general hospital will improve operations of the hospital as the population of Chongwe has increased.

And Chongwe District Hospital Acting Medical Officer Christabel Mbiiza said 24 of the victims are still being observed.

 

Meanwhile Chongwe Health Director Charles Msiska thanked Chongwe district hospital management for the quick response.

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  1. Zambians should start sueing bus companies for careless drivers and the government for poor road designs..only then will people wake up

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  2. PALIBE NSEKO PA ZAMBIA. SAME PROBLEM FOR CENTURIES AND STILL CAN’T BE SOLVED IN THIS DAY AND AGE OF TECHNOLOGY. FIX SPEED DECORDERS ON ALL PUBLIC TRANSPORT AND FORMULATE COMPELLING LAWS THAT HOLD PUBLIC TRANSPORT OPERATERS. FOLLOW THE BRITISH WAY OF TRAINING DRIVERS- IT IS VERY STRICT AND COMPREHENSIVE. IT HAS A THEORY AND A PRACTICAL PART. ONE CAN’T ADVANCE TO A PRACTICAL WITHOUT HAVING SUCCESSFULLY DONE THE THEORY. EXAMS FOR THEORY ARE CONDUCTED ON A COMPUTER WHICH GIVES YOU RESULTS INSTANTLY SO THAT ONE KNOWS THE NEXT STEP TO TAKE. THIS ALSO ELIMINATES CORRUPTION IN RTSA.

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    • Knowing Zambia they are busy waiting for a foreigner to come along with the suggestion of fixing devices on these buses for it to be taken seriously.

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  3. HONORABLE MWAKALOMBE AM DISAPOINTED IN YOU SIR.THERE IS NO WAY YOU CAN START TELLING PEOPLE WHAT PLANS TO UPGRADE THE DISTRICT HOSPITAL NOW.PLEASE FIND WAYS TO CURB THESE ACCIDENTS ON OUR DEATH TRAP ROADS.IF THESE AGENTS OF THE DEVIL PARADING AS DRIVERS CANT CONTROL THEIR DRIVING ABILITIES DO SOMETHING AS GOVERNMENT WHICH WILL COMPEL THEM TO DRIVE NORMAL.ZAMBIA IS GOING BACKWARD BECAUSE YOU PEOPLE IN POWER PRIOTISE WRONG THINGS.PLEASE HONORABLE APO PACHITEMALESA BIKANIPONI MA HAMP NE MUKANYONGOLOKA MONSE.

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  4. Another PSV involved in an accident during the day trying to catch daylight hence speeding…when are these dumb empty tins in govt going to get it? Introduce speed limiters on all PSVs …spend a mission to Nairobi and see how it is working there!!

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  5. “… Due to excessive speeding” That’s all we are told every time. Are all these accidents due to speeding? Is this a way of running away from the responsibility of actually holistically assessing this serious issue in Zambia and coming up with workable solutions? There is a whole matrix of factors involved and these have been alluded to time and time again without action.

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    • When its time its time we just have to thank God no one died, no wounder its called accident. People even if they put speed limets accident is accident

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  6. Yes, the bus was speeding. I do agree: it is unfair, selfish and unexceptable that government do not take this seriously and do nothing to guarantee safe transport to the people who is dependant on public transport. I belief that this was one of many bus accidents by the same bus company? It seems like the minister was not aware of the 3 injured South African foreigner passengers who was also on the bus and taken to the Fairview Hospital in Lusaka by a passer-by . We received outstanding professional medical treatment and support. Thank you so much dr Munalula, prof Mulla, dr Mae, all nursing staff, cleaners, admin staff: much appreciated.

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  7. We were 3 South Africans on the bus to Malawi. We were admitted to Fairview hospital. 1 released same day & other 2 Wednesday. I was in theatre on Monday, but we will need additional medical care in RSA.
    I believe this is the driver/owner’s 4th accident?
    Although there were no loss of life (this time) I hope the driver will be held responsible & his license revoked.
    The multiple injuries, trauma, loss of personal possesions & additional medical cost SHOULD be noted and the seriousness acknowledged.

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  8. The careless bus driver should be held accountable and prosecuted, as it is not his 1st accident! Passengers ahould be compensated!

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