ABOUT 42 people yesterday narrowly escaped death when the truck they were travelling in plunged into Kasengo stream on Kasengo Road in Chikankata, says Southern Province commissioner of police Diamond Likashi.
Mr Likashi said the accident happened at about 16:30 hours in Chief Naluama’s area off the Great North Road.
He said this in a statement in a press statement made available to ZANIS yesterday.
He said in the accident was a Mitsuhibishi canter registration number ABZ 2206 which was being driven by Peter Kalibwe aged 50 years of Kasengo area in Nega-Nega area in Chief Naluama.
Mr Likashi said the accident happened when the driver of the vehicle failed to ascend a hill and in the process the truck rolled back and plunged into Kasengo stream with about 44 people on it.
The Police Commissioner said due to the impact, some passengers all members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church sustained serious injuries.
Mr Likashi named the injured as Esnart Kanyongo of Kasengo aged 60 years who sustained a fractured leg and bruises on the face, Mathews Chiboola aged 10 who suffered a cut on the head and Lackson Chiyanda aged 10 who sustained a fractured right leg and arm respectively.
Others injured are Juniper Katete aged 40 who sustained suspected fractured arm.
Mr Likashi said the total number of people who were on the truck included 28 females and 14 males and those seriously injured are admitted to Kafue General Hospital and Nasenga Health Clinic.