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Malawi Police worry over increased fatal road accidents

At least nine people have died and 53 others sustaining varying injuries in a space of two weeks after vehicles they traveling in got involved in fatal accidents across the country.

On July 22, three people died on spot when the vehicle they were traveling in overturned twice at Lithipe 3 in central district of Dedza. Three other passengers sustained injuries and they rushed to Dedza district hospital.

Just few days ago, four people died while seven others were injured after a minibus they were travelling in overturned at Nguludi turn off in southern district of Chiradzulu. 

Two more people were confirmed dead while 34 escaped with injuries in another road accident involving three vehicles motors Monday evening in the eastern district of Mangochi.

The accident occurred when one of the vehicles, a Nissan pickup registration number MH 6609, crashed into two vehicles as the driver was trying to overtake a stationary vehicle.

While in Zomba, 25 Malawi Army officers are battling for the lives after a military Tata they were traveling in overturned several times on their to Changalume Barracks in the old capital on Tuesday. 

Malawi Police have since expressed worry over increased road accidents, mainly because of the lost lives.

Deputy National Police Spokesperson Mebo Msefula admitted that despite reduction of road accidents in the first half of the year 2014 compared to the same period last year, most lives are being lost during the current road accident.

Msefula advised motorists to observe driving rules all the time, noting that most of the accidents are happening due to over speeding.

“Passengers should avoid boarding overloaded vehicles, both drivers and passengers especially those driving in personal cars should ensure they put on seat belts,” he said.

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