44 Youth Killed In Road Accident in Zambia

Kawambwa, Zambia | 12.05.2005 | APD | International

A fatal road accident killed 44 students of Kawambwa High School on April 8, near Tumbajushi falls, 17 km from Kawambwa, a district town of Zambia. Among them were 18 Adventist youth.

It was the last day of the school term when 110 students packed into a truck on the way to their respective homes when the accident happened. The Mitsubishi truck was heading for Mununga, Chiengi and Kaputa.

According to a witness who survived the accident, the driver of the truck lost control when descending the hill and failed to negotiate the corner. The truck overturned, killing 38 students on the spot, seriously injuring 53, while others later died in hospitals.

Luapula province deputy minister (chief administrator), Kennedy Sakeni daid, this is the first major accident to be recorded in Zambia, especially in the countryside where most people depend on trucks for movement from place to place.

Zambia's Vice President Lupando Mwape and first lady Maureen Mwanawasa, led thousands of mourners and the bereaved family members at the April 14 burial.

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