Road clashes claim 6 lives in Lilongwe

Six people tragically died in two road accidents on Sunday evening involving a stationery Central Poultry Freighter and two other vehicles in Lilongwe. 

Lilongwe police spokesperson Hastings Chigalu said three people were seriously injured while 18 others escaped with minor injuries.

On this day, William Banda, who was driving a Tata lorry registration number DA 5273 with 21 passengers onboard, hit the rear part of a stationery, broken down Central Poultry Freightliner, registration number NA 4718/ CP 3863, whose driver was John Njolomole.

“Following the impact, a passenger who seated in front identified as Goliati Lekinala, sustained head injuries, fractured legs, and was pronounced dead upon arrival at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH), Chigalu said.

He said three other passengers, Victoria Masautso, 20, sustained fractured left leg, Blandina Kalulunga, 14, sustained head injuries, and Juliet Bandawe, 4, suffered a deep, intestines exposing wound.

While people were rescuing casualties, Kesswell Munthali, who was driving a Mazda Axela car registration number NU 10495, lost control of the vehicle and swerved to the extreme nearside where he hit four people including Njolomole, who were busy rescuing casualties that were stuck to the Tata truck.

“Following the impact, the Mazda driver (Munthali), Njolomole (Central Poultry driver), and the three other casualties (yet to be identified), sustained severe head injuries and multiple fractures and they were all prounounced dead upon arrival at Kamuzu Central Hospital,” Chigalu said.

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