Tragedy! 7 die in Karonga road accident

By Chisomo Phiri

Seven people have died while several others have escaped with different degrees of injury after the vehicle they were travelling in overturned at Mlare area in Karonga district.

Sergeant George Mulewa, Public Relations Officer at Karonga Police Station has confirmed of the news.

According to Mulewa, the accident occurred in the afternoon of June 18, 2023 involving a ten-tonner Scania lorry registration number BZ 2986 driven by Isaac Simfukwe, coming from Karonga Boma heading to Nyungwe direction with fifty(50) passengers on board.

They were going for a funeral ceremony and upon arrival at Mlare area the front tyre got burst which resulted into the vehicle overturning upside down.

Mulewa says the seven people died on the spot due to severe head injuries and fractures while others are receiving treatment at Karonga District Hospital.

Three of the deceased have been identified as Lenford Munthali, 39, Rachel Munthali, 33, and Makhumbo Kalolokesha, 40, all from Karonga district.

The development comes barely few weeks after another deadly accident at Tenende Hills Chitipa-Karonga road which claimed lives of 25 people.

Meanwhile Police in the district are asking members of the public to visit to Karonga mortuary through Karonga Police Station to identify the other deceased if they suspect that their male relatives they believe were going to Mlare funeral ceremony by the stated motor vehicle, are missing.