Four people have died while eight others sustained varying injuries in a head-on collision between a minibus and a Freightliner truck on Tuesday evening at Six Miles in Zomba.
Zomba Police Station spokesperson Patricia Sipiliano said in an interview yesterday that three people died on the spot, including the minibus driver, while another one died yesterday morning.
She said: “Our preliminary details shows that the accident occurred due to overspeeding of the two vehicles involved. The driver of the minibus registration BLK 9381 and two passengers in the front seats died on the spot. Nine others were rushed to Zomba Central Hospital, four of whom had serious injuries while the remaining five were treated as out-patients.”
The police said the truck registration NN7114/DZ3981 was driven by Gift Phiri who escaped unhurt.
An eye-witness, Enock Chitayo, said the truck, which was driving from the Blantyre direction hit the minibus when it tried to avoid a stationary vehicle on the roadside.
“The injured passengers were rushed to Zomba Central Hospital by another Paseli minibus which was coming behind it,” he said.
Sipiliano appealed to all road users to observe rules and regulations on the road to minimise accidents.
Last week Tuesday, another accident occurred on the Lilongwe-Mchinji Road and killed 13 people, 11 of whom were members of an extended family and were buried in one village cemetery.