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CONFIRMED THE INQUIRY—Mpaka

Thirteen people died in a road accident at Kamuzu View, shortly after Madziabango, along the Chikwawa Road on Saturday night.

Blantyre Police Station spokesperson Peter Mchiza said 11 of them were pronounced dead upon arrival at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital.

“The vehicle they were travelling in, a Mazda Bongo Pick-up with 24 people on board, was speeding and the driver lost control of it before hitting another vehicle, which was also heading to Chikwawa District.

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“They were rushed to Madziabamgo Health Centre and were immediately referred to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital. Eleven were pronounced dead upon arrival but information we have is that two others have also died, bringing the number of casualties to 13,” he said.

On September 20 this year, 10 people also died while 24 others sustained varying degrees of injuries when a bus they were travelling in was involved in an accident in Kasungu District.

At least 565 people have died in 2,728 separate road accidents that have occurred in the first half of 2022, police records indicate.

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However, both the number of accidents and fatalities in the period under review represent a marked reduction when compared to the same period last year.

In an earlier interview, Malawi Police Service deputy spokesperson Harry Namwaza said, during the first half of 2022, cases of road accidents had gone down from 5,997 to 2,728 while the number of deaths marked a reduction from 636 last year.

In terms of injuries, during the first half of 2022, a total of 1,749 people got injured while in 2021, 1,518 people sustained injuries during the same period.

He, however, said, despite cases of road accidents going down in the first half of 2022 compared to last year, figures show an increase in cases of road accidents involving motorcyclists.

“During the first quarter of 2022, a total number of 241 accidents involving motorcyclists were registered while during the first quarter of this year we registered 214 road accidents. From January to March this year, 25 people died in road accidents involving motorcyclists while, from April to June, 44 people died,” he said.

He cited careless overtaking by some motorists, speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and increased number of untrained motorcyclists on the roads among factors contributing to road accidents.

“We are employing both reactive and proactive approaches where we normally book those not complying with traffic regulations for traffic offences. We are also disseminating messages using different mediums to civic educate road users of all classes,” he said.

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