“The 18 that died were on the bus coming from Mpulungu. The Tanzanian truck was coming from Copperbelt Province,” said Ndandula Siamana, Zambia’s police spokesperson.
Siamana said the bus driver caused the accident by failing to keep to his lane and hit the on-coming truck.
The accident happened in Kapiri Mposhi District– about 200 km north of the Zambia capital, Lusaka on Saturday.
And President Michael Sata has learnt with deep sorrow and profound grief, the death of 18 passengers in a road traffic accident which occurred on the Great- North Road when a passenger bus collided with a truck in Mkushi, State House said Sunday.
President Sata offered his deepest condolences to the bereaved families and people of Zambia on the loss of many innocent lives following the accident last Saturday.
“Kindly convey, on behalf of my Cabinet, the First Lady, and indeed on my own behalf, my heartfelt condolences to the families of the people who perished in this regrettable incident,” President Sata said. “As the people of Zambia join the bereaved families in mourning the dead, our hearts also go out to the injured and all those traumatized by this horrific experience. We pray that the Almighty God grants them comfort and strength.”
He wished the bereaved families the console and reassurance of the Lord Jesus Christ in this very trying hour.
Meanwhile, President Sata has urged the police to ensure that law and order is maintained on Zambian roads to curb further losses of innocent lives.