AT least one person was killed and 49 other people were injured after a Tanzanian fuel tanker collided with a Mazhandu Family passenger bus, a police source has told a Mwebantu Correspondent in Ndola.
” Tanzanian fuel tanker driver identified as Ndidani Mwamunkinge aged 45 years of Ilinga has died on spot while 49 people have sustained injuries in a road traffic accident which happened at Katamino foreat area along the Ndola-Kapiri road yesterday around 19:00hrs.” said the police source.
The accident involved a Tanzanian fuel tanker Howo Sino truck Registration number T343 EER/ T523 CST, a property of transfuel logistics, an a Mazhandu family bus Registration number ALZ 3198 which had 49 passenger on board.
Facts obtained on the ground are that the Mazhandu family bus which was headed to the Copperbelt was being driven by male Brian Mwaanga of Kitwe, whose aged is unknown while the tanker truck was being driven by male Festo Ndidani Mwamunkinge aged 45 years who was coming from Ndola towards Kapiri Mposhi and died on spot.
Details further show that the accident occured when the tanker driver improperly overtook another truck he was following behind hence went to collide on the side with the Mazhandu bus which was coming from the direction of Kapiri.
The tanker driver sustained fatal injuries and died on spot while his body is in the Kapiri Mposhi Hospital Mortuary.
The bus driver and some passengers sustained serious injuries.
Meanwhile those that sustained serious injuries have been identified as; female Mercy Hamwaala aged 23 of Garden house in Lusaka, female Rita Mataka aged 27 of Chifubu in Ndola, female Virginia Nyumba aged 38 of Garden house in Lusaka and Lillian Malimbula aged 43 of Chimwemwe in Kitwe.
Others are male Lenson Kakumpe aged 59 of new Chawama in Lusaka, male Benard Mumbo Kabwe aged 22 of Chililabombwe, Marble Mayembe aged 47 of Luanshya, Sarafina Kakumpe aged 42 of new Kanyama in Lusaka, and Loveness Chitalu aged 25 of Kamfinsa in Kitwe.
All the injured have been admitted to Kapiri Mposhi Hospit