At least 6 people died in a fatal road accident in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe after a minibus’ front right tyre burst on its way from Salima on Monday evening.
The minibus – registration number KU 4641 – had 20 passengers on board and swerved off the road when the driver failed to negotiate one of the sharp bends around Chezi in Kanengo, some 9 kilometres away from Salima turn-off.
Of the 6 people who died, one is a woman and the other is a child.
“When the tyre burst, people panicked. Some told the driver to concentrate on controlling the wheels but it did not work,” explained one of the survivors.
Police in Lilongwe have refused to comment on the matter saying they are still investigating and that they will come up with a report by Tuesday.
But Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) confirmed receiving people who were road accident victims, saying most of them had head injuries.
One of the personnel at KCH Dr. Shadreck Maluwa said the victims were being treated.
“We’ve received about ten of them. Most of them have head injuries,” said Maluwa.
In related news, at least two people died around the same time in the Chiweta escarpments in Rumphi where a minibus got involved in a head-on collision with a truck.
8 people were seriously injured and rushed to Rumphi District Hospital