THREE people have been burnt beyond recognition while a truck driver sustained injuries after his truck and a car, collided and burst into flames following an accident in Kalomo.
Southern Province Commissioner of Police Bonny Kapeso who confirmed the accident which occurred yesterday, said the truck's horse and the Toyota Chaser were also burnt.
"The accident occurred at about 06:30hours five kilometres south of Kalomo and the said vehicles were coming from Livingstone," said Mr Kapeso.
Mr Kapeso said the driver of the Chaser with two passengers inside was overtaking the truck but cut in at a short distance and was hit by the truck from the rear causing both vehicles to roll into a river drainage and burst into flames.
Mr Kapeso said the truck, registration number 1395 AF05, 2098 AB, was being driven by Tedious Shito, 42, of house number 10065, Budiriro in Zimbabwe.
"Both vehicles rolled into a river drainage and burst into flames due to the impact but the lone truck driver jumped off and sustained a fractured leg and serious burns," said Mr Kapeso.
"After inspecting both vehicles, it was discovered that the truck had an improvised big tank full of petrol and yet it is a diesel propelled engine," he said.
He said that the three bodies had been taken to Kalomo District Hospital mortuary while the truck driver was evacuated to Livingstone Central Hospital