1 dead, 14 injured in Kameza truck accident

1 dead, 14 injured in Kameza truck accident

Awoman has died and 14 people sustained injuries at Kameza Roundabout in Blantyre when a driver of an articulated truck registration CZ1479/CZ4074 failed to control it purportedly due to brake failure.

Chileka Police Station spokesperson Jonathan Phillipo said in an interview the truck rammed into four stationary vehicles at a bus stage along the Chileka Road.

A Honda Freed wrecked by steel that fell from the truck

He identified the deceased as Tereza Paulo, 40 of Chemusa Village, Traditional Authority Machinjiri in Blantyre. She was a pedestrian at the scene of the accident.

Said Philipo: “I can confirm that a woman has died while 14 others have been rushed to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital [Qech] for treatment.”

The truck was carrying steel construction materials when its brakes failed as it descended from Nyambadwe direction on the Magalasi Road, according to eyewitnesses.

Four other vehicles, a Toyota Sienta, Honda Freed and two minibuses were also damaged. The eyewitnesses said three people in the badly damaged Honda Freed escaped with minor injuries.

Gift Chiputula said he saw the truck driving towards the accident scene while hooting to warn other road users to give way.

“The truck rammed into the stationary minibus leading to a pile up before leaning on the second minibus and while metal load fell on the Honda Freed,” he said.

Malawi Police Service records show that last year the country recorded a reduction in road accidents from 8 895 in 2021 to 5 034, representing a 43 percent drop.

In her Christmas address to officers of the South West Policing Region, Police Commissioner Barbara Tsiga said fatal accidents decreased by 25 percent while serious accidents reduced by 30 percent.

Between January and December 2022, 1 529 people died in road accidents while 573 sustained injuries.

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