Eight people have lost lives after being involved in road accident which occurred on October 8, 2017 at around 11:30hours in Karonga district which is in the northern region of Malawi.
Confirming this fatal road accident, Karonga deputy police spokesperson Constable George Mulewa said among the eight who died, only four have been identified.
He identified the four deceased people as Labson Silumbu, 49 years from Chendo village under Traditional Authoritty Mwaulambia in Chitipa district, John Mdula ,40 years from Chivundiko village in the area of Traditional Authority Wasambo in Karonga district, Sonia Tchongwe, 41 years from Mwangamira village under Traditional Authority Wasambo in Karonga district and Enelesi Gama.
He said the other four deceased people are yet to be identified.
Mulewa said on the material day a Toyota Hiace minibus with registration number CP 9379 carried Seventeen passengers on board and was being driven by Mavuto Khonje, 33 years from Waberewa village under Traditional Authority Mtwalo in Mzimba district was coming from Mzuzu enroute to Karonga.
“Upon reaching Hara area within Mzuzu-Karonga M1 road the rear nearside tyre got burst.This led to the driver to lose control as the vehicle was over speeding”, said Mulewa.
He added, “due to the impact, three passengers died on spot while five died on their way to the hospital. Out of eight people who died, four are men and the other four are women.”
Postmortem revealed that they died due to severe head and internal body injuries.
Mulewa concluded that six passengers including the driver sustained serious injuries while the other three have minor injuries and are receiving medical treatment at Karonga District Hospital.
Meanwhile Police in the district is advising all road users to be responsible enough and observant to road signs and regulations in order to prevent accidents of similar nature.