A road accident in Chitipa district has claimed the lives of three people leaving 14 others sustaining various degrees of injuries, police confirms.
The three have been identified as Fraha Chiona, 36 of Ishalikira Village, Tamiwe Mkumbwa, 35 of Mwamukumbwa Village, both from Traditional Authority Mwaulambia and Asayire Chizumira, 58 of Makeye Village in Traditional Authority Mwenemisuku, all from Chitipa District.
Chitipa police deputy relations officer, Rabson Mkandawire said the vehicle involved Toyota Hilux Double Cabin registration number DZ 64 which was being driven by Tayani Chiona had 17 people on board who were on the way from attending a funeral.
“On this fateful day, the driver was coming from Chilashe Village heading Kapoka direction with 17 passengers on board where they had gone to attend a funeral ceremony. Upon arrival at Chatu area while descending, the driver failed to negotiate a curve due to excessive speeding as a result the motor vehicle went to the extreme nearside of the road where it overturned twice,” said Mkandawire.
14 from the 17 are currently receiving medical help at Chitipa.
Not long ago, a 24-year-old driver was arrested for causing deaths of 4 people due to negligence driving in the same district.
Grant Ng’ambi was driving a Mitsubishi canter 3 tonner lorry from Nthalire to Chitipa with fifteen passengers on board and bags of ground nuts.
Upon reaching at Jembya crescent, he failed to ascend and the motor vehicle moved backward and fell into nearside road killing four people in the process and injured others.
In court, he he was ordered to pay a fine of K200, 000.00 for each death caused and the fines be given to bereaved families as compensation.