Over 51 Killed In Zambia Road Accident

Over 51 Killed In Zambia Road Accident

At least 51 people were killed in a crash between a bus and lorry in Zambia, police say.

Over 51 Killed In Zambia Road Accident

Bystanders gathered to observe the mangled wreckage 

The death toll could rise as soldiers and firefighters are still looking for trapped bodies, police spokeswoman Elizabeth Kanjela said. The accident occurred about 100km (60 miles) north of the capital Lusaka on a two-lane highway known for heavy traffic.

Poorly maintained and overloaded vehicles are commonplace in Zambia. Nonetheless, this is said to be one of the worst traffic accidents in the country's history.

According to reports, the bus was operated by the Zambia Postal Service, which provides passenger services on buses which carry post, and was full of people. There was serious speeding by all the vehicles involved, Harry Kalaba - an official in the vice-president's office said.

A survivor was quoted as saying the bus had been swerving to avoid an oncoming vehicle. Some 22 dazed or unconscious survivors were being treated in a nearby missionary hospital, while more seriously injured casualties had been taken to hospital in Lusaka.

President Michael Sata conveyed his government's "deepest condolences to the beloved families on the death of their beloved ones" and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

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