Four people have died and six others escaped with different degrees of injuries at Liwonde in Machinga district after the vehicles they were traveling in were involved in a road accident.
According to Ngwashape Msume, Machinga Police Station spokesperson the accident happened on Saturday Chabwera village, along Liwonde – Machinga road when the driver of a motor vehicle Toyota Land cruiser Prado registration number BM 2704, James Mitambo 26, who was heading Machinga from Liwonde with eight passengers on board was overtaking a minibus and ended up colliding with a Scania lorry registration number CZ 5426 which was coming from the opposite direction and was driven by Mr Madalitso Rozariyo 34.
Msume told The Maravi Post that following the impact, four passengers from the Prado died on the spot due to severe head injuries and two sustained serious injuries while four others including the driver of the Prado and a passenger from the lorry escaped with minor injuries and were rushed to Machinga District Hospital for treatment. The driver of the lorry escaped unhurt.
Meanwhile, the driver of the Prado James Mitambo is in custody and is expected to appear before court where he will answer a case of causing death due to reckless driving. He hails from Namaona village, Traditional Authority Chimaliro in Thyolo district.
Police in the district is therefore appealing to all motorists to observe road signs so as to prevent preventable road accidents.