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    Deputy minister for Works and Supply Colonel Panji Kaunda with a Provincial Army representative inspects the accident scene after a Zambia postal service bus carrying 74 passengers collided head-on with a heavy goods truck in Chibombo. LUSAKA, Zambia — A bus operated by Zambia’s postal service carrying passengers toward its capital Lusaka smashed into a semi-truck and another car Thursday, killing at least 53 people in one of the worst traffic crashes in the nation in recent history, officials said. The crash happened Thursday morning near the town of Chifamba, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of Lusaka, police spokeswoman Elizabeth Kanjela said. Images carried by local media in Zambia showed rescuers climbing over the smashed-in front-end of the white bus, the remains of the orange semi-truck in pieces in front of it. Other images showed corpses laying alongside the two-lane highway that connects the capital to neighboring Tanzania. Kennedy Sakeni, Zambia’s information minister, said at least 53 people died in the crash, while another 22 had been taken to local hospitals. A sport utility vehicle also was involved in the crash, he said. Zambia Postal Services runs the bus routes throughout the country, carrying passengers and mail through the nation of 13 million people in southern Africa. Kanjela said rescuers still couldn’t get into the bus to see if any other bodies remained inside, even hours after the crash. Police were continuing their investigation and still hadn’t determined what caused the crash as of Thursday night. The two-lane highway where the crash happened is known for having high traffic, even during the night. Read More  

Bus crash in Zambia leaves at least 53 dead, considered one of nation’s worst traffic crashes

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Deputy minister for Works and Supply Colonel Panji Kaunda with a Provincial Army representative inspects the accident scene after a Zambia postal service bus carrying 74 passengers collided head-on with a heavy goods truck in Chibombo.

LUSAKA, Zambia — A bus operated by Zambia’s postal service carrying passengers toward its capital Lusaka smashed into a semi-truck and another car Thursday, killing at least 53 people in one of the worst traffic crashes in the nation in recent history, officials said.

The crash happened Thursday morning near the town of Chifamba, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of Lusaka, police spokeswoman Elizabeth Kanjela said. Images carried by local media in Zambia showed rescuers climbing over the smashed-in front-end of the white bus, the remains of the orange semi-truck in pieces in front of it. Other images showed corpses laying alongside the two-lane highway that connects the capital to neighboring Tanzania.

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