By Stanley Nkhondoyachepa & Sarah Munthali
Four people died while nine others sustained injuries in Nkhotakota on Sunday after a minibus they were travelling in overturned at Kalimanjira Trading Centre in the district.
Nkhotakota police Public Relations Officer, Williams Kaponda confirmed about the accident and identified some of the deceased as Chifundo Fosi (38) of Katengeza village in the area of Senior Chief Malengachanzi and another one only identified as Nambewe, both females.
He said the other two deceased are males and identified one as Jacob Jepter while full particulars of the other have not yet been established.
Kaponda said the Minibus; registration number KK752 Nissan Caravan, driven by Brighton Mussa (28) of Mankhukwa Village, Traditional Authority (TA) Mwadzama was coming from Salima towards Nkhotakota Boma.
He said upon reaching the place, Mussa tried to overtake another minibus but he lost control hence the minibus overturned.
He said two people died on the spot, while the others were pronounced dead upon arrival at the Nkhotakota District Hospital.
According to Kaponda, eight of the 13 passengers who were in the minibus have escaped with minor injuries, while one was seriously injured and was referred to Kamuzu Central Hospital.
There has been an increase in road accidents in Nkhotakota, with 10 fatal accidents recorded between January to June, 2018 and 13 between the same periods in 2019.
However, the number of fatalities has reduced from 14 in 2018 to 13 this year in the said periods.
In related development, Two people also died in an accident that occurred at Waliranji in Mchinji, on Saturday evening.
The two, Deborah Ngalande 35, and a 14 months baby, Tiyamike Mwale died on the spot when an Isuzu four tonne Lorry registration number MHG 4676 and a Renault saloon car registration number NU8481 had a head on collision at around 18: 30hrs.
Mchinji Police Officer In-charge, Owen Maganga told Mana the lorry was coming from Lilongwe going to Mchinji while the Saloon car was going to Lilongwe.
“The deceased, Ngalande was travelling with her husband in the saloon car while the 14 months baby was travelling with her parents in the lorry,” he said.
Maganga said the two were pronounced dead at St Gabriel Namitondo Hospital while 10 others with critical injuries were referred to Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe.-MANA