Seven people died in a road accident in Dowa on Saturday while 12 others sustained critical injuries when a lorry they were travelling in plunged into Mkalalo River.
Mponela Police spokesperson Kondwani Kandiado said the three- tonner lorry registration DZ 2576 had 45 passengers on board going to attend a funeral ceremony in Ntchisi when it was involved in the accident.
He said on arrival at Mkalalo Bridge, the driver of the vehicle lost control of the vehicle and plunged into the river.
Kandiado said five people died on the spot while two others were pronounced dead on arrival at Ntchisi District Hospital.
He said three other passengers sustained serious head injuries and were rushed to Ntchisi District Hospital where they are being treated as in-patients while other passengers escaped with minor injuries and were treated as out- patients.