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Tete accident claims 11 lives

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A car crash that involved three different vehicles at a bridge, in an area called Songo, along the Tete Road in Mozambique has claimed 11 lives including those of three Malawians.

Bodies of the other nine have not yet been identified.

The accident happened in the morning hours of Tuesday. Five other Malawians have sustained serious injuries and have been admitted at a Mozambican hospital close to the scene of the incident. Among those at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) are two pregnant women.

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According to Mayeso Chadzuka, a supervisor at Nyamende Transport Services to which one of the vehicles involved in the accident belongs, a truck driving at a very high speed failed to negotiate a sharp corner that is just metres away from the bridge.

“We have established that a trailer from the truck got disconnected and crushed with the bus. The bus lost control and overturned twice, as it turned, it bumped into a smaller car that was coming behind the bus,” narrated Chadzuka.

Seven people that were in the truck and two others in the smaller car died on the spot. One Malawian who was in the bus that was travelling from South Africa died on the spot while two others died minutes after they were rushed to the hospital in Tete.

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The bodies of the three Malawians are still in Mozambique. According to Mwanza Immigration Office spokesperson, Pasqually Zulu, the Mozambican Government is waiting for authorisation from the Malawi Government regarding the repatriation of the deceased.

Meanwhile, 22 of the survivors arrived in the country on Wednesday morning with various degrees of injuries. They were briefly taken to Mwanza District Hospital before being moved to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, later in the day.

Efforts to speak to the survivors proved futile as officials at the hospital shielded them.

Most of the survivors looked to be in pain as they were being moved from the bus that brought them to the hospital, to an emergency ward at the facility.

The Nyamende bus left South Africa on Sunday with 32 passengers on board including 4 minors.

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