A dark cloud engulfed the Nyirenda family of Traditional Authority Malengachanzi in Nkhotakota district after their seven year old Violet Nyirenda died in a road accident.
Nkhunga Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) Ignatius Esau confirmed the development Sunday saying the incident happened on November 11 at Mpandawadothi along the M5 road in the district.
He explained that a Nissan Vanette Minibus registration number KK1394 which was heading towards Dwangwa from Nkhotakota with eight passengers on board hit the girl while she was crossing the road.
“Upon reaching Mpandawadothi the minibus which was driven by Chancy Mpakani hit the child who was crossing the road behind a stationary motor vehicle from right to left hand side of the road.
“The impact resulted in the victim sustaining severe head injuries and was rushed to Nkhotakota District Hospital where she was pronounced dead upon arrival,” said the PRO.
Esau then urged parents and guardians to make sure that their children and wards are escorted whenever they are on the road.
Meanwhile, in Blantyre, a 23 year old man on Saturday morning sustained severe wounds after he was hit by a Central East African Railway (CEAR) locomotive as he was going to work along Mbayani Railway Line.
According to Blantyre Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Augustus Nkhwazi, the accident happened at around 4 am as the victim, Gibson Banda, was walking along the railway line while putting on some headsets going to Opt- Chem where he works as a casual worker.
“The locomotive was coming behind him but he could not hear it. The operator tried to warn him but he did not run and he was hit,” he said.
“He sustained deep cuts in the head and was rushed to Mwaiwathu Private Hospital where he was admitted,” he said.
The police are appealing to members of the public to exercise extra caution especially when walking, be it on the road or railway line to avoid such accidents.
Banda hails from Bester Village, T/A Lundu in Chikwawa District.