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A total of 15 people were confirmed dead on Saturday in two separate road accidents in Blantyre and Chiradzulu.

The first accident, which killed seven people including a driver, happened at a place called Six Miles along Robert Mugabe Highway.

It happened after a Toyota Hiace minibus overturned due to a rear tyre burst.

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The seven were pronounced dead upon arrival at St. Joseph’s Mission Hospital in Chiradzulu while seven other passengers escaped with different injuries.

Another accident involving an Isuzu lorry registration number BK 7780 which was being driven by Renophas Dzimadzi, 40, and freightliner registration number LA 5811/BQ8482 driven by Yotamu Kapaza, aged 38 years, happened at Namikasi Secondary School, which is along the M1 Road, leaving eight people dead.

According to National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera, the vehicle was moving towards Zalewa and collided with the freightliner truck at the school.

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The eight passengers were pronounced dead upon arrival at Mlambe and Queen Elizabeth Central hospitals.

In that accident, one person was seriously injured while six victims sustained minor injuries.

“We join the state president in extending our condolences to the affected families,” Kadzadzera said.

Meanwhile, government spokesperson Nicholas Dausi has said President Peter Mutharika and First Lady Gertrude Mutharika have joined all Malawians in expressing their condolences to the bereaved families apart from wishing those injured a quick recovery.

“The President is assuring the bereaved and affected families that government will do everything within its means to support them during this difficult time. May our Lord bless and bring comfort to the bereaved and ease the pain of loss,” Dausi said in a statement released Sunday.

The two accidents have happened barely a week after another road accident killed eight people in Chikwawa.

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