4 Months baby survives road accident as two die

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THE life of a four months old baby has escaped the clutches of death as a road traffic accident claimed two people this morning in Chibamba District, Central Province.

Details of the incident are that a council worker in Lunte, Jonathan Mwanza, 47 was driving an Isuzu D-Max coming from south Lusaka to North Kabwe with three passengers on board.

On the same road was also Chilombo Sydney, aged 33, of Luanshya, whose Fuso Fighter, facing North due to a mechanical fault, had six passengers on board. 

The third vehicle, a Toyota Fun Cargo driven by John Chitoti Lumbuala, 51 of Mulungushi Extension, in Kabwe, was coming from North Kabwe to South Lusaka with only one passenger on board.

As the vehicles reached  Crabwise Farm area, 4kms south of Liteta Police Station along the Great North Road in Chisamba Isuzu driver, accelerating in high speed collided with a Fuso Fighter which was parked on the left lane.

In confirming the incident, Police Spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the Isuzu then swerved to the right, colliding with the oncoming Toyota Fun Cargo. 

He says the collision led to the two passengers from the Isuzu identified as Alice Mwanza, 30 of Lunte Council who was working as a public  health inspector and a female juvenile Mavis Mazyopa aged 15 of Chipata Compound in Lusaka.

Both died on sport while the driver and a four months baby only sustained minor injuries. 

Meanwhile, the passenger from the Fuso Fighter sustained a painful right leg, while the Fun Cargo driver sustained a swollen face and bleeding from the nose.

Hamoonga added that the injured persons were immediately rushed to Liteta Hospital, while the bodies of the deceased are deposited in the mortuary of the same hospital and currently awaiting postmortem.

By Buumba Mwitumwa 

Kalemba January 29, 2023

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