EIGHT people are nursing severe wounds in Loloma Mission Hospital after being hit by an over speeding Toyota Ipsum on the M8 Road in Manyinga district of North-Western Province.
Manyinga district commissioner Queen Manela confirmed this in an interview yesterday.
Ms Manela said the accident happened around 17:00 hours on Wednesday in Kawanda area and named the driver of the vehicle as Chinyemba Litwayi aged 36 of Mufumbwe district.
She explained that the driver lost control of the vehicle which was coming from Mufumbwe to Manyinga and hit eight pedestrians who included a cyclist.
“Yes, I can confirm that we have eight people nursing serious injuries at Loloma Mission Hospital who were bashed by an over-speeding vehicle in Manyinga on the M8 road,” Ms Manela said.
She said local residents burnt the vehicle after the driver and three passengers on board ran for their lives upon hitting the pedestrians. “As I am speaking, the driver is nowhere to be seen. He ran for his life upon realising that he had caused an accident. And the locals took advantage of the situation and burnt the vehicle,” Ms Manela explained.
And Loloma Mission Hospital medical officer Joel Nkonde confirmed receiving eight accident victims who included five females and three males aged between 15 and 25 years old around 21:00 hours.
Dr Nkonde described their condition as stable with minor tissue injuries except for one girl who sustained deep facial wounds and may need specialised treatment.
“I can safely say all the eight accident victims are out of danger except for one female who may require specialised treatment,” he said