Two people killed in Salima bus crash

Two people have died while 36 passengers have sustained injures after a bus they were travelling in hit a stationary lorry in Salima.

The bus a Scania Macopolo registration number MN 6183 belonging to Matours Bus Services coming from Blantyre to Mzuzu via the lake shore hit a still Mercedes Benz Ateco registration number LA 6819.

Salima police spokesperson Gift Chitowe, confirmed with Mana that the incident occurred around 00:30 a.m. on Thursday at Lifidzi Trading Centre after the driver of the bus thought that the vehicle in front was in motion,

“The bus driver saw the vehicle facing the same direction and thought that it was moving not knowing that it was stationary, and he noticed within a short distance so he crashed into its rear end. One passenger died on the spot and the other one died at Salima District Hospital.

“Particulars of the deceased persons are not yet known, but the injured persons have been admitted at Salima District Hospital where they are receiving the medical treatment,”  Chitowe said.

The bus driver Gedson Nyasulu, 35, of Bodoni village in the area of Tradition Authority Mtwalo in Mzimba district, left Wenela bus depot around 17:00 with 70 passengers on board.

This is a third accident involving a stationary vehicle on the roads of Salima and concerned citizens interviewed said it was important that the traffic police enforce the law on stationary vehicles.

“It seems like Police are doing nothing on stationary vehicles that break down on the roads despite that these vehicles are becoming a major cause of accidents especially at night,” a concerned citizen, Rainford Phiri observed.

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