50 feared dead in Zambia road crash


More than 50 people are feared dead after a bus collided head-on with a truck in Chibombo area in Central Zambia Thursday morning.

The accident reportedly happened at around 7.30am local time.

According to the local media, about 70 people were on board the bus that was heading to the capital Lusaka from Ndola in Copperbelt Province.

The driver of the ill-fated bus was still trapped in the wreckage by midday, according to reports.

Police spokeswoman Elizabeth Kanjela was quoted as saying the death toll could rise as soldiers and firefighters were still looking for trapped bodies.

The accident is said to be one of the worst traffic tragedies in the country's history.

According to reports, the bus was operated by the Zambia Postal Service, which provides passenger services on buses which carry post, and was full of people.