Six killed, several others injured  in Dowa two separate road accidents

As authorities continue to devise ways of reducing fatal traffic accidents in the country, two people—aged 35 and 30—have died in a road accident involving a motorcycle at Kamkwamba along the M1 road in Dowa district while other four were killed in a Saturday fatality.

According to Dowa Police Publicist Richard Mwakayoka Kaponda, the accident happened when the motorcyclist of Yamaha DT 125 registration number MG 3984 lost control of motorcycle and hit a pedestrian at Kamkwamba area near Dowa Turn-off Road Block along the Lilongwe-Kasungu M1 road.

Kaponda confirmed that both the motorcyclist and the pedestrian, identified as John Sayanjana and  Lucius Yakobo, respectively, died due severe multiple head injuries.

“The motorcyclist was coming from the direction of Lumbazi going towards Dowa Turn Off Roadblock and upon reaching Kamkwamba area, he lost control of the motorcycle and hit a pedestrian who was going the opposite direction.

“Due to the impact, the pedestrian sustained a fracture on the left lower arm and multiple head injuries. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at Lumbazi Health Centre whereas the motorcyclist sustained head injuries and was rushed to Kamuzu Central Hospital where he died while receiving treatment,” said Kaponda.

Sayanjana hailed from Matenje village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Chilipa in Mangochi while Yakobo hailed from Mgubo village, T/A Mkukula in the district.

In related development, Tiyanjane Nandie Mambucha of Malawi News Agency reports that  on Saturday June 1, 2017four people died, while others sustained various degrees of injuries in a road accident that happened on at Sole village near Chankhungu Trading Center in Dowa.

Among the four, only three were identified as Pilirani Lenard, Lupiya Micheal and Junior Chiunjika all from Bowe Trading Center in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Chakhaza in the district.

Police  said the accident involved two motor vehicles carrying passengers from Salima to Lilongwe and Lilongwe to Salima.

The vehicles were a Toyota Hilux registration number BR 3118 driven by Lucas Yohane 36, from Namaninga village T/A Bwananyambi in Mangochi and a Planet Car Hire Toyota Coaster registration number RU 2646 driven by William Phiri.

“Following the impact three passengers from the Toyota Coaster died on the spot, and one male passenger from the Toyota Hilux died at Chezi Health Centre while receiving treatment,” said Kaponda.

Some passengers that sustained serious injuries from both motor vehicles were referred to Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) for treatment.

Kaponda said police were still investing to establish the cause of the accident.

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