Mzimba district agricultural development officer (DADO) Leonard Tchongwe 55 on Tuesday died after the vehicle he was travelling in was involved in a fatal accident.
Mzimba police spokesperson sergeant Gift Nyirongo told Nyasa Times that the DADO died at the spot at 5 Miles Luwawa Junction on the Mzuzu-Lilongwe M1 Road.
Nyirongo said the DADO’s driver Stewart Chavula, 51 sustained serious injuries and is receiving treatment at Mzuzu central hospital.
The police spokesperson said another passenger Miss Vinjeru Mkandawire 26 survived with minor injuries and is admitted to Mzimba district hospital.
Nyirongo said on 24 June and around 11 Pm, the DADO and his team was travelling from Salima where they went to attend to a meeting. They were using a government vehicle registration number 292 AE.
He said upon reaching Luwawa junction they exchanged direction with a Freightliner truck registration number NA 3321 which was coming from Mzuzu heading to Lilongwe being driven by Thomas Mkandawire.
”But as they were passing each other, the DADOs vehicle hit the rear tires of the truck’s trailer. The driver lost control and clashed the vehicle into a road sign pillar. The DADO died at the spot,” said Nyirongo.
Tchongwe hailed from Kayitwale village, T/A Chikulamayembe in Rumphi district.