Eye-witnesses reported this morning that the passenger bus was carrying more than 70 passengers and the death toll has risen from 30 to 53. Police sources on the scene say that the death toll may arise as victims are uncovered under the wreckage.
Deputy minister in the Office of the Vice President said more than 20 people were surviving the tragedy were rushed to Liteta Hospital.
The accident involving a Zambia Postal Service bus from Ndola heading to Lusaka was in an head-on collision.
According to a report published by AFP, some 22 survivors were being treated in a nearby missionary hospital, where they lay crying, dazed or unconscious. Some had cuts and bruises, but survivors with serious injuries were taken to Lusaka.
Bystanders gathered on the edge of maize fields surrounding the crash site while the blood-soaked road was cleared of bodies.
President Michael Sata conveyed his government’s “deepest condolences to the beloved families on the death of their beloved ones” and wished the injured a speedy recovery.
Police and rescue staff rushed to the accident scene while villagers in the area helping to pull out survivors. Zambia is experiencing unprecedented road traffic accidents since late 2011 but today’s carnage is one of the worst single accident to claim over 50 lives.
Zambia Police recently announced that more than 800, 000 deaths were as a result of Road Traffic Accidents for the period between January and December 2012.