Two boys from the same family have died while eight others sustained serious injuries after a motor vehicle they boarded failed to ascend a slope and overturned at Changali-Labana earth road in Mangochi.
The deceased have been identified as Chikondi Fashoni, 10, and Mphatso Fashoni, 12, both from Labana village Traditional Authority Chimwala in Mangochi.
According to Mangochi Police Station Deputy Public Relations Officer Amina Tepani Daudi, the incident which occurred on the evening of October 14, 2020 involved a Toyota Dyna 3 tonner registration number NS4041 driven by Ibrahim Simba, 40, from the direction of Changali heading Labana village with 10 minors as passengers.
Daudi says upon arrival at Labana village, the motor vehicle failed to ascend the slope as a result it started moving backwards and the driver lost control of the motor vehicle and swerved to the offside where it overturned.
“Following the impact Chikondi sustained severe head injuries and died upon arrival at Mangochi district hospital while Mphatso sustained internal injuries and died while receiving treatment at the same hospital,”
“The other minors aged between 5 and 16 sustained severe head injuries, multiple cut wounds and fractured legs,” Daudi says.
Among the victims, 6 have been admitted at the same hospital while the rest have been treated as outpatients.