Road Accident Kills One, Six Injured in Mangochi

Daudi said died while receiving treatment at Mangochi District Hospital Daudi said died while receiving treatment at Mangochi District Hospital - file photo

One person has died while six others have sustained seriously injuries after a motor vehicle they were travelling in overturned in Mangochi on Thursday.

Mangochi Police Deputy Public Relations Officer, Sub Inspector Amina Tepani Daudi, has identified the deceased as Patuma Tawakali, 65 from Liwale village in the area of Traditional Authority Chowe in the same district.

According to Tepani Daudi, the accident happened along the Bakili Muluzi Highway in chowe hills involving a lorry registration number SA 3472, driven by Kazembe Willo, 46, who was ferrying 45 people to a funeral ceremony in uninsured motor vehicle from Mangochi heading Namwera.

"While ascending the Chowe Hills, the vehicle stopped pulling and immediately went off as the driver was trying to change the gears.

“This prompted the motor vehicle to reverse by the slope and overturned several times, throwing passengers on the way then rested in the escarpment," explained Tepani Daudi.

She said following the impact, the deceased sustained fractured thigh and she died while receiving treatment at Mangochi District Hospital while six other people have been admitted at the same hospital with serious injuries.

Meanwhile, police is appealing to the drivers to always follow road safety measures to avoid accidents in the district.

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