Following a collision between the Higer bus they were riding in and an immovable dump truck, SIX individuals have died and TEN others are in critical condition.
The collision occurred this morning at approximately 05:00 along the Great North Road in the Kashikishi area, which is located about 10 kilometers south of Kapiri-Mposhi town.
Chris Hamuka, the bus driver, is being held in police custody and charged for causing death by dangerous driving despite being presumed to be unharmed.
Danny Mwale, a deputy police spokesperson for Zambia, verified the incident and stated that there were 49 passengers aboard the Higer bus, six of whom perished and 10 of whom were injured.
The bus from Kasumbalesa to Lusaka, he claimed.
“Three of the deceased persons have been identified as Rabecca Bwalya aged 34, Marley Essanga aged 24 and Lazarus Kanema while the other three are yet to be identified.Those who survived with injuries have been identified as Mikobi George aged 38, Nzema Benedict Kanianga aged 22, Stella Kikeaku aged 28 all of Congo DRC and John Kamfwa aged 26 of Kalingalinga compound in Lusaka. The four are admitted to Kabwe General Hospital while Richard Sakanala aged 32 of Kabompo, Happy Malama aged 48 of Chingola and one only identified Naomi together with three others yet to be identified are admitted to Kapiri-Mposhi District Hospital,” he said.
Investigations, according to Mr. Mwale, show that the collision occurred when a Higer bus with the license plate ALZ 3677 registered to Abyken Bus Services of Chingola was traveling from Kasumbalesa to Lusaka with 49 passengers when it collided with a Scania Tipper Truck with the license plate BCB 2289 that was parked on the left side of the road.
“Due to the impact, six people, two females and four males, were pronounced dead upon arrival at Kapiri-Mposhi District Hospital leaving 10 with injuries.The tipper truck had its rear part damaged while the bus is extensively damaged. The bodies of the deceased are all in Kapiri-Mposhi District Hospital mortuary awaiting formal identification and postmortem,” he said.