8 people have died while seven others sustained serious injuries after a truck and a Mitsubishi Fuso collided head on in Petauke District of Eastern Province.
The accident happened on Friday around 21:30 hours near Musambazi Bridge, 25km west of Petauke Boma along Great East Road.
Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo has confirmed in a statement that the accident happened when the driver of the Volvo truck identified as Trust Mawele failed to keep to his lane and collided head on with an incoming Fuso truck which was being driven by an unknown man with unknown number of passengers on board.
Katongo said in the process, seven unknown people sustained serious injuries and are admitted to Petauke District Hospital and Minga Mission Hospital respectively while Eight unidentified persons died on the spot, and that among them, Six were males and two females.
She said the bodies are in Petauke District Hospital mortuary awaiting identification and post-mortem.
And Katongo said police have not yet established whether or not the drivers of both motor vehicles are among the victims.