Two people have died in a road accident involving a minibus registration number NU 3353 belonging to Kilimanjaro Tours in Mangochi.
The two are a three year boy who died on the spot and the driver of the minibus who died of head injuries at Zomba Central Hospital. The driver has been identified as Clement Mkungadzula, 37.
According to Eastern region police spokesperson Thomeck Nyaude, the minibus, carrying 16 passengers, was heading towards Limbe from Mangochi, when it overturned at Six Miles.
“There is a sharp corner at the place and the driver was over-speeding and trying to overtake other vehicles.
“He lost control and the minibus overturned, leaving the boy dead while him [driver] sustained head injuries and was pronounced dead upon arrival at Zomba Central Hospital.”
Nyaude added that eight passengers sustained serious injuries and are receiving treatment at Zomba Central Hospital. One of them is said to be battling for her life in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the same hospital.
A total of eleven accidents have occurred since September 1 2015 in the eastern region of Malawi, claiming eight lives, and leaving scores of others seriously injured.
Nyaude said the most accidents occur due to over-speeding and general careless driving.
Meanwhile, Nyaude has urged road users to follow traffic regulations to curb road accidents.