Truck carrying tobacco, people overturns

Twenty four people are admitted at Lundazi District Hospital after the truck they were travelling in over turned some 30 kilometers north of Lundazi around 19;00 hours on the Lundazi-Chama road yesterday.

Eastern Province Commanding Officer Mary Chikwanda confirmed the acciden.

She said the driver of the truck registration number ABA 8319, Andrew Nkhoma 40, was carrying approximately 19 tonnes of tobacco for Alliance One, with 24 passengers sitting on top of the merchendize.

She said that there were a total of 27 passengers when the accident happened. Of these, 16 men and 1 woman are admitted to the hospital. One man is in a critical condition.

Ms. Chikwanda said the accident occurred when the driver of the truck failed to negotiate a curve, which caused the truck to over turn.

She further said the truck was overloaded and that the driver has since been charged with careless driving.

Lundzazi District Commissioner Masauso Banda wondered why tobacco companies have to endanger the lives of people by allowing them to sit on top of tobacco.

Mr. Banda said this when he went to the hospital to check on the accident victims at Lundazi General Hospital.

When contacted, owner of the truck Kalidi Dalala said he was not the owner of the truck. When pressed further, he said he was busy attending to other matters.

Two days ago, a Mitsubishi Pajero overturned on the Lundazi-Chipata road injuring three people in the process.

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