The number of fatalities in the Nsama District traffic accident involving the United Church of Zambia Women Group has increased to 23.
The collision happened today at 1:40 on the gravel Nsama-Nsumbu Road.
Police spokesperson RAE HAMOONGA claims that the driver of the Mitsubishi Canter truck, which had 51 people on board, was traveling at an excessive rate of speed when the accident occurred.
According to Mr. HAMOONGA, as a result of losing control, the driver veered off the road and then overturned the automobile.
According to him, the churchgoers were traveling to Nsumbu from a church event in the Nsama neighborhood.
According to Mr. HAMOONGA, six persons died once they arrived to the Nsumbu Clinic, while 17 perished right away.
According to him, the driver, identified as 40-year-old Nsumbu resident ROYD CHANSA, and 27 other people were hurt and were being treated at the Mpulungu District Hospital.
According to Mr. HAMOONGA, all of the victims’ bodies have been placed in the mortuary of the Mporokoso District Hospital in anticipation of identification and post-mortem.
To guarantee that future occurrences of this kind are reduced, The Road Transport and Safety Agency has sent a team of officers to investigate the cause of the road accident.
The complete accident investigation report would be made accessible to the public in due course, according to RTSA Head of Public Relations FREDRICK MUBANGA.
According to Mr. Mubanga, the UCZ and the lost families have received a message of sympathy from RTSA Acting Director and Chief Executive Officer, ALINANI MSISYA, who described the disaster as tragic and unfortunate.