Two people have been confirmed dead while eight others are admitted to Dedza District Hospital after a Malasha bus overturned in Dedza district in the early hours of Wednesday.
The night bus, belonging to Blantyre based Malasha Bus Company, was traveling from Mzuzu to Blantyre when it overturned just after crossing Dedza Police Road Block, according to police.
Dedza Police spokesperson Edward Kabango said the accident occurred because the bus driver, Maxwell Magombo, was over speeding.
He said the bus was carrying 50 passengers and of the eight, two have been seriously injured.
“The accident occurred due to over speeding and because of the impact of the accident two people died on the spot while eight were injured out of which two are in critical condition and admitted to Dedza District Hospital,” said the police publicist.
Kabango identified one of the deceased as Peter Thengo aged 39 from Manje village, TA Kapeni in Blantyre district while the other dead person is a lady whose particulars were yet to be identified.
In another development, a 30-year-old man has died in Balaka district after a herd of marauding elephants from Liwonde National Park trampled on him while taking a bath in Shire River.
Balaka Police said the man, identified as Kesten Nasila from William Village, TA Kalembo in the district, was killed on Tuesday morning.
His body was found by some men who later reported to police and a postmortem at Kalembo Health Center indicated that the man died due to severe loss of blood.