Two women and a child have died after a lorry carrying sand hit them. The accident took place at Gubu village near Chiuzira in T/A Tsabango area on Saturday at around 4:30pm when the driver lost control of the vehicle which started cruising down the slope due to the malfunctioning of the breaks, according to an eye witness who also got injured.
The vehicle with no registration number belongs to Mr Lajah a business man who lost in the just passed elections as a UDF councillor in one of the wards in Area 23, also injured some of its occupants who have since been treated as out patients at Kamuzu Central Hospital. The driver and the assistants ran away in the coarse of the accident the act that forced the vehicle to miss the road and plunged itself into a garden some 15 meters away from the road, hitting the women who were on their way to fetch water in the process.
The bodies were taken by Kawale Police at around 6 pm in the evening to the same hospital where they were confirmed dead. The coming late of the Men in uniform on the scene could have resulted from communication break down since the accident happened at a remotest part of Area 23 with an impassable village road
This is not the first incident where such vehicles are acting a stray bullets part. There has been several of such incidents in the past due to the fact that vehicles that carry sand,rocks and bricks in Area 23 and other parts of the country are unroad worthy and do not have the requirements for them to be on the road.
In addition to that some of these vehicles are driven by drivers who doesnot even know what a driver’s licence is and if it is a requirement for them to be on road. With this kind of a situation, innocent people shall continue to die on the road through accidents involving such vehicles. The vehicle has since been burnt by angry villagers.