6 October 2016 Last updated at: 1:53 AM
Nsanje road accident claims five, injures 16
Five people have died while 16 others have sustained serious injuries after a minibus they were traveling in overturned in Nsanje district.
Police in the district said the accident happened on Wednesday morning at Kalenso near Bangula Township.
According to Nsanje Police spokesperson Agness Zalakoma, the crash occurred at around 11am and involved a minibus with the registration number DG 2276 which was heading to Blantyre from Nsanje Boma and had several people on board.
“Upon arrival at Kalenso in a great speed, the driver who is yet to be identified failed to negotiate a corner, he then lost control of the minibus and the vehicle overturned three times,” said Zalakoma.
Five people died on the spot while 16 others suffered injuries. Police however only identified two of the five dead people: Thom Pinaliya, 52, of Msampha village, T/A Chimombo in Nsanje and Solomon Kainga, 38, years who came from Mwanavumbe village in the area of Chief Mlolo in the same district.
The bodies of the five victims are being kept at Nsanje Hospital mortuary waiting for relatives to identify them while victims who have sustained serious injuries were rushed to Queens Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre.