Truck carrying cement crashes, killing four: Mutharika saddened with horrific accidents, orders govt to assist victims

At least four people, among them a police officer from Blantyre Police Station, have died after a truck carrying bags of cement crashed several vehicles along the Magalasi road in Chirimba Industrial Site in Blantyre  on Sunday.

The scene of the accident

Mutharika wished all those who were injured, a speedy recovery

Cement truck crashes in Blantyre

sad and painful tragedy, taking place just when the country is coming to terms with a number of lives that have been lost in another accident

The Chirimba-Magalasi accident occured barely a day after a speedig bus, belonging to Future Tours, killed 10 passengers on spot and injured dozen others at Rivirivi, Manjawira in Ntcheu Saturday afternoon.

According to Blantyre Police spokesperson Elizabeth Divala, the truck’s brakes malfunctioned in the process sweeping seven vehicles including four minibuses.

“The driver of the truck identified as Stephano Mikeli, 30, of Kapesi Village, Traditional Authority [T/A] Kachere in dedza, who works at Almeda Transport in Lilongwe, hit other vehicles due to over speeding.

“Four people in three different vehicles died on the spot, including our fellow officer Smartson Mkandawire who was with his friends in a Toyota Carina registration NS2161,” she said.

The Police  indicated that the death toll may rise since more victims are in critical conditions at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital where they have been rushed to.

Reports also indicate that people, who rushed to the scene, instead of rescuing the victims, scrambled for the bags of cement at the expense of the victims’ lives.

In Lilongwe, four people, including a minibus driver died on arrival at Mitundu Community Rural Hospital after the vehicles they were traveling in equally involved in a road accident at Chiseka Quarry along Mitundu road the district.

According details made available to Nyasa Times, accident involved Toyota Corolla saloon, registration number BN 5905 and Nissan Vanette minibus registration number SA 605.

The accident happened when the driver of the saloon, identified as Wongani Nyirenda, tried to overtake the minibus driven by Bizwell Ligomeka, and in the process they collided each other.

As a result, driver of the minibus lost control of the vehicle and it overturned twice to the far near side bush while the saloon swerved and stopped on the other side of the bush.

The minibus’ driver and 3 passengers died on arrival at Mitundu community rural hospital while other 9 passengers sustained injuries.

Meanwhile, President Arthur Peter Mutharika has ordered government to provide assistance towards the cost of funeral arrangements and medical bills of those receiving medical attention.

Government spokesperson, Nicholas Dausi, who is also the Minister of Information and Communications Technology, said in a statement that President Mutharika and the First Lady are “deeply saddened” by the death of  10  people  in  an  accident  at  Liviridzi  Bridge  along  the  Balaka-Blantyre roa.

“The First Couple has also learnt with regret of another accident this morning, Sunday June 11 2017, at Chirimba in Blantyre in which a number of people have been affected.

“The  President  and  the  First  lady  join  all  Malawians  in  expressing their  condolences  to  the  bereaved  families  and  also  wishing  those injured a quick recovery,” said Dausi.

The general public is advised to contact government officers for further details including Rodrick Mateauma, District Commissioner for Balaka. Phone Number: 0888 867 508 or 0999 760 069 and Smart Gwedemula, District Commissioner for Ntcheu on phone number 0999 869 494.

Other officials to be contacted are  Victor Sandikonda, Deputy Director of Administration, Office of the President and Cabinet on 0884 865 048  and Fyawupi Mwafongo, Chief Relief and Rehabilitation Officer, Department of Disaster Management Affairs on 0991 005 681.

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Dennis Chimeza
Guest

…it’s high time that the Gvt shud equip the the Road Traffic Dept with computer-GPS system on all vehicles plying on our roads so that they monitor vehicle speeds and intervene asap to those found over-speeding & consequently save a life that may contribute to the development of this country…

shaaa
Guest

how can president says he is wishing those suffered injury speed recovery…? mmalo monena tough penalties kwa wochititsa ngozi.. magalimoto are not in good condition….wapangitsa Ngozi adzilandidwa license, insurance companies should be forced to compensate those affected because those cars were insured… KODI PETER MUNTHALIKA CHONDE TAMAWONETSA MPHABVU NGATI AMUNA INU….

Malawi kukukanikani kumuuza zochita kuti dziko lilongosoke

naphili
Guest

Over sepeeding on bad roads, that`s what it is!!!

Chamunorwa
Guest

The Chirimba Road cannot be classified as bad by any stretch of mind. The driver was speeding period. Look at the age . 30 . No defensive driving experience I can only presume. Chances are he must have bought his licence. Arrest the Employer if its true the Trucks Brakes failed.

malitino area 49 LL
Guest

Thank you bwana Peter for the assistance to the bereaves families.May the souls of the departed Rest In Peace.
Overspending is the cause , i hope others have learn something from these tragedies,

Piper
Guest

Fix the roads, duel carriage ways, proper CoFs (no corrupt ones) better driver training/awareness, road signs/speed limits just to mention a few. You can’t assist everyone who dies in an accident. What about those who died a month, a year ago. Are they going to get help from government? Don’t politicise these tragedies APM !!!

kaitano
Guest

Tangokozani mi seu yo a Malawi, mupepesa kangati?

Patrick tukula
Guest

Izi ndi ngozi zowophya kwambiri. Tipemphere kwambiri kupempha AMBUYE atithandize. Nkhondoi NDI ya uzimu popeza akuchita Izi, sitingamuone NDI maso Athupi, koma maso a uzimu. Tikupepesa mabanja awofedwao komanso AMENE a uvulala kuti AMBUYE wachikondi atonthoze minima Yao. Kwa otisiyao, AUSE NDI MTENDERE. Kwa ovulala TIPEMPHA MULUNGU WACHIFUNDO AWACHIZE MSANGA.

mjiba
Guest

Nothing strange here. OVER SPEEDING IS THE CAUSE OF THESE ACCIDENTS. REDUCE SPEEDING MADRIVER GALIMOTO SIYIMAZIYENDESA YOKHA. DALAIVA YOU ARE IN CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE. REDUCE SPEED SAVE LIVES.

Anita Bwaila
Guest

Food for thought

FASTING IS NO SOLUTION. IF A COUNTRIES WERE REWARDED BY GOD FOR FASTING & PRAYER, THEN MALAWI WOULD HAVE BEEN THE RICHEST COUNTRY ON EARTH.

montfort masache
Guest

lets organise national fasting prayer for our nation

wpDiscuz

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