SA man caused horror Zambia crash

2013-02-08 12:57
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Lusaka - A South African farm manager is suspected of causing an accident where more than 50 people died near Lusaka, Zambia, the SABC reported on Friday.

Zambia police spokesperson Elizabeth Kangela told the public broadcaster a vehicle, a bus, and a truck were involved in the accident.

The vehicle, supposedly belonging to the South African, tried to overtake the bus and collided with the oncoming truck.

"He [the man] is believed to be South African. He is receiving treatment at the moment so we have not charged him yet," Kangela said.

Agence France Presse reported on Thursday that the bus, carrying 73 people, and the truck collided, killing 53 people.

Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma on Friday sent his condolences to the people of Zambia following the accident.

"Our hearts go out to the families, relatives and friends of the deceased. Our thoughts are with the injured as we wish them a speedy recovery," Zuma was quoted saying in a statement.

A government official, quoted by AFP, described the accident as one of the country's worst.

- SAPA

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