- Published on Saturday, 18 August 2012 02:14
- Written by PETI SIYAME in Sumbawanga
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MORE than 18 people are feared dead as 22 others have been seriously injured after a lorry they were travelling in veered off the road and overturned at Ntalamila village in Nkasi District, in Rukwa region along the Ntuchi–Sumbawanga road.
Rukwa Regional Police Commander (RPC), Mr Jacob Mwaruanda confirmed the accident that involved the lorry–Fuso-with registration number T407 KST. The Nkasi District Commissioner, Mr Idd Kimanta told this paper over the phone from the scene of accident that it occurred on Friday at around 8:30 a.m at Ntalamila village when the lorry was heading to Sumbawanga town from Ntuchi village.
According to DC, the 30 seriously injured people were rushed to the Regional Hospital in Sumbawanga town for treatment. One of the victims, a woman, whose name could not be identified immediately died as she was being rushed to hospital. Three others were reported to be in critical condition.
DC Kimanta described it as one of the horrible road carnages he had ever witnessed. “I rushed to the scene of accident shortly after it happened and witnessed six people, among them three children, lying dead on the spot as one more died while she was rushed in my car to regional hospital,” the DC said.
The DC further said that the driver of the lorry Fuso who is also the proprietor, George Kawiti, a resident from Ntuchi village fled after the accident.
Eye witnesses from the scene of accident said most of the passengers in the ill-fated lorry were families of pastoralists who were shifting to other places in the region. According to the sources, the vehicle was loaded with maize bags, a number of chicken, several other agricultural inputs including ploughs and hoes.
Speaking at Regional Hospital in Sumbawanga, the Medical Officer in Charge of the facility, Dr Gasper Ndwasinde, said about 15 people died on the spot while 35 others sustained serious wounds and have been admitted. He described the condition of most passengers as critical. Hospital authorities said that neither the deceased nor the wounded patients have been identified by their relatives.
Dr Ndwasinde cautioned that the death toll might increase in number as medical personnel were busy receiving more victims of the road accident.
Other sources hinted that more than 18 people have died on that road accident, six among them died on the spot.
The 'Daily News on Saturday' arrived at the hospital and visited several wards in which the victims have been admitted and witnesses most of them in critical condition, others with peeled off skin on their faces and heads and others have their limbs and ribs broken.
However, eye witnesses told this paper that the Fuso lorry was at high speed that the driver lost control and veered off the road and overturned several times near the banks of River Kasi at Ntalamila village in the district.