THREE people have died whilst two others sustained serious injuries after a Toyota Sprinter hit into a stationed truck in Mtetezi area about 18 kilometres east of Katete district on Great East Road on Tuesday night. Police deputy public relations officer Rae Hamoonga stated that the accident occurred around 19:30 hours.
He stated that among the deceased are two women and a man while the driver sustained serious injuries.
‘The trio where passengers in a Toyota Sprinter Registration ABJ 8417 that was driven by Grayford Phiri aged 30 years of Mukanda village, Chipata. The fourth passenger Moses Zulu aged 27 years escaped unhurt. The deceased have been identified as Maureen Mumba aged 21, Davison Lungu aged 39 and Banda, other name not known, all of Nyimba District,” he stated.
“The accident happened when the driver of the Sprinter hit into a stationed truck which had stopped on the middle of the road at a curve. The driver of the Sprinter is admitted to St Francis Hospital while the bodies of the deceased were taken to St Francis Hospital Mortuary awaiting postmortem.”
Hamoonga stated that the driver of the Scania truck, registration ABM 6038, has been charged with Obstruction of road by motor whilst the driver of the Sprinter will be charged with three counts of causing death by dangerous driving.
“We are appealing to motorists to always park broken down vehicles off the road or use appropriate warning signs on public roads to avoid such accidents,” stated Hamoonga.