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Mar 6, 2015

04:10:31 GMT--Vehicle Accident - Africa - Zambia

EDIS Number: VI-20150306-47217-ZMB

Date / time: 06/03/2015 04:09:21 [UTC]

Event: Vehicle Accident

Area: Africa

Country: Zambia

State/County: Southern State

Location: Livingstone

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: 24 person(s)

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: Moderate


A Livingstone bound Shalom Higer Bus was this morning involved in a road traffic accident after a tyre bust and overturned injuring about 24 passengers on board. Eight out of the 24 passengers sustained serious injuries and are currently admitted to Choma General Hospital. Southern Province Assistant Police Commissioner Kashif Mphande confirmed the accident which happened around 11:30 hours about five-kilometres south of Batoka along the Livingstone Road. Mr Mphande said the driver of the Shalom bus registration number AJC 8476 who identified as Carlos Chilambwe of Chawama Township in Lusaka failed to control the bus after it developed a front tyre burst. "Mr Chilambwe allegedly failed to control the bus after the tyre burst and in the process, it overturned sending some passengers sprawling on the ground due to the impact", Mr. Mphande said. The critically injured passengers include four males and four females who are admitted to Choma General Hospital while 16 others have been treated as out-patients. "Nobody died, but eight out the 24 passengers were seriously injured while others suffered minor injuries and everybody was rushed to Choma General Hospital for treatment," Southern Province Assistant Police Commissioner said. A check at the hospital, found scores of passengers being attended to by health personnel at the Out-Patient Department while the critically injured were admitted in various wards. And a Shalom Bus co-driver, Lastone Lungu, who sustained deep cuts on the face and hands, could only thank God that no life was lost in the Accident. Mr Lungu who was in great pain said the bus was coming from Lusaka enroute to Livingstone.

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