One person dies in Mazabuka road accident

ONE person has died while a 7-months-old baby and four others have survived a road traffic accident in Mazabuka. The accident happened after a Canter light truck, registration number ABP 5946 rammed into an oncoming Nkhosi Breweries truck which was coming from the opposite direction after a tyre burst between Magoye and Kapona area on Mazabuka- Monze highway.

The toddler was thrown out of the mangled truck through the front windscreen and landed onto the tarmac without sustaining any injuries.

Both Mazabuka police and district hospital administrator Janet Ndhlovu who confirmed the death and admission of the four victims in Mazabuka said the five were travelling to Magoye to ferry river sand when the accident occurred.

According to the hospital administrator, the deceased was the driver of the fateful light truck, whom she said died upon reaching the hospital due to loss of blood.

Ndhlovu said four others including a 7-month-old baby boy and its mother were admitted to Mazabuka District hospital and described their condition as being stable.

Meanwhile traffic police officers found at the scene of the accident told ZANIS the accident was due to speeding by the deceased driver.

And narrating her ordeal from her hospital bed, the baby’s mother Beauty Ngwelengwe thanked God for sparing the life of her son whom she said could have been hit by a fast moving vehicle that was coming behind the Nkhosi truck.

She explained that while she saw her child seated on the tarmac for several minutes, she could not do anything as she was confused and started searching for him elsewhere.

Ngwelengwe, who is a sand miner, was travelling to Magoye to sell river sand to the driver of the fateful truck.

Others who were on the trucks include an official from Magoye constituency office, and a Lorry boy who sustained a broken arm.


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