Over 15 people have been seriously injured after a bus which was being chased by a traffic officer on a motorbike overturned in Lusaka’s Villa Elizabetha area.

Some of the victims told News Diggers! at the University Teaching hospital that the accident happened around 11:00 hours.

A victim who only wanted to be identified as Ann, said the traffic officer ran away when the accident happened.

“The small bus was coming from Villa Elizabetha with a honda for the police chasing them. So instead of giving way at a junction, the small bus ended up hitting into the big bus and over turned. The Rosa bus hit into a wall fence but at least not too many people from the big bus have serous injuries. I saw the officer just turned around and ran away very fast,” Ann, a victim, narrated.

Another victim said she feared that some of the victims would not make it.

“That other man I don’t know if he will make it. There was just so much blood and I am very confused. For me it’s just some bruises and some pains but my sister is in bad shape. I can’t even look at her, blood all over the place. She is going into theater,” said another victim.

Police Spokesperson Esther Mwaata Katongo also confirmed the accident in a statement but did not mention the traffic police officer.

“There was a serious RTA which occurred today at arround 11:30 hrs at Chishango-Nchoncho road junction involving male Ivin Phiri aged 47 yrs who sustained serious driving a Mitsubishi Rosa ALF7498. Also involved was male Emmanuel Kawelele driving a Toyota Hiace reg ALZ 235. 19 people from the two vehicles sustained various injuries,” stated Katongo.

“The accident occurred when the driver of the Toyota Hiace failed to give way to the Mitsubishi Rosa which later hit into a wall fence for NGOCC damaging it partially. No one has died in the accident.”

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