Two people have died in a road traffic accident along the Great North Road in Kapiri Mposhi.
The accident which occurred around 06:30 hours today at the Tanzania Zambia Railway (TAZARA) fly-over bridge involved a Toyota Corolla vehicle registration number ALD 3442 with three people on board and a Volvo Zim Bulk Fuel Tanker registration number VZL 28 Z GP travelling to Zimbabwe from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The driver of the Toyota Corolla only identified as Pathias and one unidentified passenger died on the spot while another passenger who sustained serious injuries is admitted to kapiri Mposhi District Hospital.
The driver of the Zim Bulk fuel Tanker identified as Mashira Chibanda, 37, of Harare, Zimbabwe and two others on the truck escaped unhurt.
Kapiri Mposhi Police Station Inspector, Munembo Mumbuna who was at the scene of the accident told ZANIS that the accident happened when the driver of the Toyota Corolla failed to keep-to his lane.
Mr Mumbuna said the Corrolla vehicle driver encroached into the lane of an oncoming Volvo Truck resulting in the head on collision of the vehicles.
ZANIS news team that rushed to the accident scene found police and Council fire brigade officers removing the bodies from the mangled Toyota Corolla.
Passage of traffic at the bridge was temporally bought to a standstill as the two vehicles involved in the accident blocked the road for over an hour.
Meanwhile, a Human Rights based Non Governmental Organization, Zambia Reconstruction Organization (ZAMRO), has appealed to government to expedite the widening and conversion of the Great North Road, from Lusaka to Ndola into a dual carriage way to lessen accidents on the highway.
ZAMRO Director, Edward Nsama noted that the recent increase in accidents along the Great North Road, between Ndola and Lusaka were because the two-lane highway had become narrow due to increased traffic.
“We have too many accidents on this road because it cannot cater for the current traffic needs as it was build when there were few vehicles then but now we have too many vehicles using this road including industrial vehicles from the mines and so on… in this case we need a dual carriage way to reduce accidents because intensifying road blocks will also just worsen the situation of congestion,” Mr Nsama said.
Last week on Thursday over 50 people died when a 72 seater Post Bus they were travelling on collided with a truck in Chibombo while nine people died barely a month ago when the minibus they were on collided with a Marcopolo bus in Kapiri Mposhi along the same road.
In an interview with ZANIS, Mr Nsama urged government to implement its long-drawn-out plans to expand the Great North Road from Ndola to Lusaka into a dual carriage way to minimize the fatal accidents that have claimed many lives.