One person dies, 49 injured in tanker-bus collision in central Zambia

LUSAKA, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- At least one person was killed while 49 others injured when a fuel tanker collided with a passenger bus in central Zambia's Kapiri Mposhi town, the police said on Wednesday.

The accident, which happened along a main road between the towns of Ndola and Kapiri Mposhi around 7 p.m. on Tuesday, resulted in the death of the driver of the Tanzania registered fuel tanker while 49 people from the bus were injured, eight seriously, according to police spokesperson Esther Katongo.

She said the accident happened when the driver of the truck improperly tried to overtake another truck but ended up colliding with the bus which was coming from the opposite direction.

"The tanker driver sustained fatal injuries and died on the spot while his body is in the Kapiri Mposhi Hospital Mortuary. The bus driver and some passengers sustained serious injuries," she said in a statement.

Zambia has started implementing a ban on the movement of public vehicles at night as a way to curb road carnages.

According to government figures, 1,700 people died from road traffics accidents in the first nine months of this year.

[ Editor: 刘家铭 ]


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