ONE person died on the spot while 16 others were rushed to Ndola Central Hospital with injuries yesterday when a Mazhandu public passenger bus in which they were travelling overturned on the Ndola-Kitwe dual carriage way.
Copperbelt Police Chief Joyce Kasosa said the accident happened around 14.20 hours at Kasongo area.
She said the Mazhandu Higer Bus registration number ALZ 4562, which was being driven by Lonny Kalyangile aged, 58 of Chawama Township in Lusaka overturned due to over-speeding.
“Yes, I can confirm that we had a fatal road traffic accident on the Ndola-Kitwe road at Kasongo area, involving a Mazhandu bus. The driver suffered cuts on the cheek.
“Also an unknown male suffered head injuries and died on the spot and the body is at Ndola Central Hospital mortuary. Sixteen passengers were rushed to Ndola Central Hospital. The accident happened when the bus overturned due to over-speeding,” Ms Kasosa said.
Ms Kasosa said the driver, who suffered a cut on the left cheek, will be arrested for causing death by dangerous driving.
Meanwhile, a suspected dangerous criminal has died after being shot by police in Lusaka.
Police Service spokesperson Charity Munganga Chanda confirmed this in a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday.
She said eight other suspects believed to be connected to a spate of aggravated robberies that have been happening at different filling stations in Lusaka have been apprehended.
“Police have arrested eight suspects and gunned down one in connection with the spate of aggravated robberies that have been happening at different filling stations in Lusaka. The eighth suspect is nursing injuries in UTH after an exchange of fire with police officers,” Ms Chanda said.
She stated that the successful operations also led to the recovery of three AK 47 riffles, one revolver and eight rounds of ammunition.
“The operations will continue until all those involved in these criminal activities are brought to book. We would also like to urge members of the public with information leading to the apprehension of the remaining criminals to report to the nearest police station.” Ms Chanda said.