Four learners perish in horrific accident

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Aron Mushaukwa

Katima Mulilo-Four learners from Malengalenga Combined School in Judea Lyabboloma Constituency died in a road accident late on Wednesday afternoon when the vehicle they were travelling in overturned.

The driver lost control of the vehicle allegedly after a tyre burst.
The learners were travelling in a Ford Bantam carrying 12 passengers and were on their way to Sesheke Senior Secondary School to take part in schools sport.

The accident took place at Balyerwa in Mudumu National Park on the Malengalenga-Sangwali Road.

The deceased, two boys and two girls, died on the spot, while the other learners who sustained minor to serious injuries were admitted to the Katima Mulilo State Hospital. Two were admitted in the ICU, and one is reportedly in a critical condition after sustaining head injuries.

The deceased were identified as 17-year-old Namasiku Musa, who was in Grade 9, 21-year-old Lipuo Mavuna who was in Grade 8 (both females), the 21-year-old Alaska Masule, who was in Grade 10, and 23-year-old Timoth Mulozi who was also in Grade 10 (both males).

The driver of the vehicle and another passenger who was in the front seat, understood to be the schoolteacher, sustained minor injuries.

Zambezi Regional Police Commissioner Karel Theron confirmed the accident and revealed a case of culpable homicide is being investigated by the Kongola police.

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