FIVE members of a Zambian family of five yesterday died in a road traffic accident in the border town of Kasane in Botswana when the vehicle they were travelling in lost control after a tyre burst before flipping several times.
Only the father, identified as Emmanuel Kanswe, 51, who was the driver of the Toyota Prado, survived and is admitted to Gaborone Hospital in Botswana.
Those killed in the accident were Matilda 48, wife to Mr Kanswe, three sons and a daughter.
A close family member, Regina Yalubamba identified the four children as Kunda 22, (daughter) and three sons; Mfunta, 18; Chama, 15, and Chibwe, 13.
Ms Yalubamba, who is the sister to Mr Kanswe confirmed the death of the five family members in an interview yesterday.
It is believed that one of the front tyres burst while the car was in motion resulting in the accident which claimed five lives on the spot. The brand new Toyota Prado rolled several times.
Ms Yalubamba said the five were on their way to Francistown in Botswana.
‘They came from Chingola and were travelling to Francis Town in Botswana before they met their fate at Kasane town in Botswana,” she said.
She said Mr Kanswe had been working as a metallurgist at one of the mines in Botswana from last year and was in Zambia to pick his family so that they could join him.
“This time the family was joining him in that country. The wife and her daughter came from Chingola and linked up with the three sons living in Livingstone where the husband had come to meet them.
“On their way back, he had a front tyre burst which led to the accident and subsequently the overturning of the vehicle,” she said.
Ms Yalubamba said the five bodies were in a private mortuary in Kasane
waiting for postmortem to be conducted today.
She said the funeral gathering is at 26-13th Street in Nchanga South in Chingola and that the bodies would be transported to Chingola for burial.
In Kitwe, Thomas Kapumpe reports that an employee of Kuko Mining is believed to have been crashed to death when the driver of the truck he was on lost control and overturned after the drive shaft broke.
The accident happened around 16:00hours at Sabina near Mwambishi stream the Tipper Truck registration number ACL 8737 belonging to PQ&C Investment carrying low grade copper material lost control.
The truck was carrying 20 tonnes of the material from Kitwe to Bolo Mining in Chambishi.
A Times Crew that arrived at the scene, found the employee who sat on the passenger side still trapped in the hose of the truck as the Fire Brigade and Power Tool Transport were trying to remove him.
Intestines believed to be of the employee were picked from outside the truck and packed in a sack.
According to eye witnesses, the universal joint of the truck broke causing the driver to lose control.
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