14 people die in Solwezi bus accident


Fourteen people have died while 15 others sustained serious injuries in a fatal road traffic accident involving a Scorpion Bus Services along the Solwezi Chingola Road near Kobombomene area.

The accident happened when the driver the Scorpion Bus Services vehicle, registration number BCA 8977 hit into a stationed truck registration number ACZ 9253 and ACP 3864T due to excessive speed.

North Western Province Commissioner of Police Hudson Namachila confirmed the development saying the decsaed died from the impact of the accident.

He has identified driver of the bus as Eddie Katoyo, 32, of Kambazhi area of Kalumbila District.

“The accident happened when Eddie Katoyo drove the said bus at an excessive speed and after overtaking several vehicles, he lost control of the bus and went to hit into the rear part of the broken down freightliner truck and trailer,” Namachila said.

He has named the deceased as Noble Nsofu, Mtonga Sllister, Savior Chungu Mulenga , Maron Chabala Kapambwe, Temwani Chifunda, Victor Khakeni, Boniface Chisala while four other male adults are unidentified.

Three female victims have also not been identified yet.

Namachila said those injured who include three female adults and 12 male adults are admitted to Solwezi General Hospital.

He said bodies of the deceased are deposited in Solwezi General Hospital mortuary awaiting post-mortem while the driver of the bus is yet to be charged with 14 counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

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