At least five people have been confirmed dead with dozens sustaining injuries after a 60 seater bus they travelling in fell into a ditch at Zolozolo in Mzuzu Tuesday afternoon.
The bus, registration number DA 4675 and belonging to OP Bus Services, was going towards Mpherembe in Mzimba with over 60 passengers on board.
According to eye witnesses, the bus was overloaded and this compeled the driver not to go through designated route to avoid traffic police officers’s check points near Mzuzu Technical College.
It is believed that the driver lost control of the bus and it is started reversing by itself until it fell into the ditch trapping the passengers with others dying due to suffocation.
Mzuzu Police publicist Martin Bwanali said rescue operations are continuing as it is believed some victims are still trapped.
On Saturday, eight people sustained serious injuries after a minibus they were traveling in plunged into the sides of the road near Jenda in Mzimba district.
The minibus, registration number BU 5569, was on its way to Jenda in the district.
On Thursday, the Malawi Defense Force (MDF) lost 21 cadets and soldiers, including their instructors in fatal accident that occured in the the district.
The cadets and the soldiers, who had just completed their training at Liwawa Forest in Mzimba, died after the vehicle they were travelling in overturned at Mapanjira within M1 road in Mzimba district.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :