A fatal road accident has claimed lives of a mother and her son on the morning of Wednesday February 1, 2017 in Ntcheu district, Malawi police have confirmed.
The accident occurred at a Mphate Trading Centre near Uncle B Bottle Store along Ntcheu-Balaka M1 road.
Police have identified the deceased as Evelesi Tchado, 31, and six-year-old Anthony Tchado both from Zammiba village, T/A Nsamala in Balaka district.
Ntcheu police Public Relations Officer, Hastings Chigalu said the accident occurred at around 8:45am when a trailer of a truck hit a Kabaza bicycle that was carrying the deceased.
“The cyclist Boniface Huwa 23 years-old switched lanes without checking if at all any vehicle was coming on his way. In the process he was hit by a trailer of freightliner truck registration CZ120, belonging to Zachilomwe transport,” explained Chigalu.
“It is said that the cyclist was trying to avoid a stationary vehicle that was parked to the offside lane.”
Evelesi and Anthony died on spot due to head injuries and loss of blood. The cyclist escaped with minor injuries.
Meanwhile, both bodies are now at Ntcheu district Hospital mortuary, and the driver is under police custody.
“Police is reminding all road users including cyclists to observe road regulations at all times. These precious lives could have been saved had it been that same were followed.”