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Thu Sep 03 12:54:24 SAST 2015

South African suspected of causing deadly Zambian crash

Sapa | 08 February, 2013 12:20

Image by: Reuben Goldberg

A South African farm manager is suspected of causing an accident in which more than 50 people died near Lusaka, Zambia.

Zambia police spokeswomen 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.

Zuma sends condolences

President Jacob Zuma sent his condolences to the people of Zambia following the road 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.

“South Africa joins the people of Zambia in mourning the loss of lives of more than fifty people during this unfortunate accident,” said Zuma.

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

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