The Zambia Railways Limited has regretted the accident that occurred yesterday involving the light locomotive number 159 moving from Ndola to Bwana Mkubwa and a Toyota Hiace bus registration number ACZ 3434 at 09:35 hours at Chimangachanga level crossing in Ndola.
Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL) Chief Executive Officer Christopher Musonda said preliminary investigations have revealed that the Zambia Railways locomotive, which was being driven by Yonah Mwale, hit into the Toyota Hiace bus which was driven by 17-years old George Kamanga of Chipulukusu compound in Ndola.
Mr. Musonda explained that the driver of the Toyota Hiace bus failed to stop at the level crossing.
He disclosed that the driver of the bus, including the other three passengers, sustained minor injuries while the locomotive sustained some damage.
Meanwhile, Mr. Musonda noted with concern the increasing number of level crossing accidents, as a result of motorists disobeying traffic rules.
He reiterated the need for concerted efforts among stakeholders such as the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) as well as the Zambia Police in addressing rail road safety issues.
“The rate at which motorists are disobeying traffic rules at level crossing is alarming as well as a huge concern to Zambia Railways. The accidents are not only posing a risk to human life, but they are a huge cost to Zambia Railways through repairs of damaged equipment as well as the railway track,” Mr. Musonda said.
He further urged motorists to observe traffic rules for their own safety and other road/rail users.
This is contained in a press statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka yesterday by Zambia Railways Limited Acting Public Relations Manager Sombe Ngonga