SIX people including the driver have died while three others have sustained serious injuries after a Toyota Ipsum which they were in collided head on with an oncoming tanker truck.
The accident happened when the driver of the Ipsum failed to keep to his lane and collided head on with the oncoming truck which also careered off the road and hit and killed a male pedestrian identified as Phillip Sikombe aged 32 of Mufubushi village who was walking off the road.
Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo said the accident happened on Tuesday around 15:30 hours at Mufubushi area, 40 kilometres South of Mpika town.
Katongo said the driver of the Ipsum identified as Malama Kanda aged 36 years of Salamu village together with the involved pedestrian and four other passengers from the Ipsum namely Bertha Mumba Bwalya aged 40 of Salamu Village, Rosemary Mumba aged 65, four year old Namangolwa Nasilele, Sharon Kalenge aged 34 of Mukonteka Primary School all pronounced dead upon arrival at Michael Chilufya Sata Hospital.
She also identified the injured as Cecilia Chisanga aged 40, Kamfwa Nkandu aged 32, Benjamin Chata aged 22 who are all admitted to Chilonga Mission Hospital.
And Katongo said the Ipsum collided with a Scania truck and trailer tanker registration number T662BTS, T108 CHA, property of fleet logistics of Tanzania which was being driven by 51 year old Sulemani Omary Kilasa of Ubungo, Dare salaam, Tanzania.
Katongo said bodies of deceased are in Mpika Urban Clinic mortuary awaiting post-mortem while the driver of the Scania truck tanker is still at large.
News Source: Mwebantu