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Four people have died in two road accidents which occurred in the Central Region on Sunday and Monday.

Two people died in a bus accident which occurred at Mtakataka in Dedza Monday while the other two died on Sunday after a three-tonne lorry hit a bicycle taxi operator and his passenger on an earth road in Lilongwe District.

Dedza Police spokesperson, Edward Kabango confirmed that two people died in an accident involving a bus belonging to National Bus Company, registration number BQ 3975.

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He said the bus was coming from Salima going towards Balaka and, when it reached Kambuku Village near Mtakataka Trading Centre, its rear tyres burst.

“The driver lost control of the bus and it overturned. Two people, a man who is yet to be identified and a one-year-old boy, died on the spot. Eleven people sustained serious injuries and were referred to Dedza District Hospital. Thirty-two people survived with minor injuries,” Kabango said.

He identified the one-year -old as Leonard Miliyasi from Nthumbo Village, Traditional  Authority Ganya in Ntcheu.

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Kabango said the driver of the bus fled the scene of the accident and is at large.

On the Lilongwe accident, police have arrested Patrick Chadza of Kamphanje Village, Traditional Authority Njolomole in Ntcheu for causing death of the bicycle taxi operator and his passenger on the Chitukula- Dzenza earth road.

The deceased have been identified as Khalidwe Mark, 18 and Rajab White, 24.

According Kanengo Police deputy spokesperson, Salome Chibwana, Chadza was driving a Toyota Dyna 3-tonne lorry, registration number DA 1015, from Chitukula Village going towards Dzenza.

“The driver escaped from the scene of the accident and surrendered himself to police at Kanengo Police Station. He will appear in court to answer a charge of causing death through reckless driving under Section 126 (4) of the Road Traffic Act,” Chibwana said.

On Sunday, 16 people died in two accidents which occurred in Chiradzulu and Blantyre. This brings the number of people who have died in known road accidents to 20 in a space of two days.

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