Fourteen (14) people have died in a fatal bus accident that happened last night along the Solwezi-Chingola road in Mushindamo district, in North-western Province.
North-western Province Commissioner of Police, Hudson Namachila, who confirmed the incident in a statement to media this morning, said the deceased include 11 adult males and three females.
Mr Namachila identified the deceased as Noble Nsofu, Alister Mtonga, Saviour Chungu Mulenga, Malon Chabala Kapembwa, Victor Khakeni, Boniface Chisala and four other unidentified males and three females.
He said 15 other passengers who sustained injuries are currently admitted in Solwezi General Hospital, while the bodies of the deceased have been deposited in the same hospital mortuary, awaiting postmortem.
Mr Namachila said the accident involving a Scorpion Bus Services that was travelling from Chingola to Solwezi occurred when the bus driver, identified as Eddie Katoyo, lost control of the bus due to excessive speed after overtaking several vehicles and hit into the rear part of a stationary broken down freight-liner truck and trailer.
The Police Commissioner also revealed that the accident happened around Emmanuel area which is about 60 kilometers east of Solwezi town, at about 19:17 hours.
Mr Nanachila added that the driver, will be charged with 14 counts of causing death by dangerous driving.
Meanwhile, North-western Province Minister, Nathaniel Mubukwanu who visited the accident scene expressed sadness at the loss of lives in the accident.
At around 22:00 hours a team of officers from the police, road traffic and safety agency, fire fighters, doctors and other medical staff, were still working to retrieve the bodies from the bus.
Mr Mubukwanu who described the accident as fatal later took time to visit Solwezi General Hospital where the injured passengers are admitted and are receiving treatment.