Seven people have died while two other are in a critical condition following a road accident which occurred at Lwanatonga in Nkhata Bay.

Northern Region Police spokesperson Maurice Chapola speaking to FaceofMalawi in an interview said on Monday a truck, a Freight Liner registration SA 2491 with a trailer registration BQ 799, overturned and caught fire after the driver failed to negotiate a bend.

He claimed that the driver, John Mwenyeri, who also died in the accident, was over speeding and failed to apply brakes when he reached the bend.

Passengers were trapped after the trailer covered them. They died on the spot except for two who are in critical condition and have been admitted to Mzuzu Central Hospital (MCH).

Police have identified the deceased persons as Noel Nevius Chiumia, 42, of Tunduma Village, Len Nkhata, 53, of Chipimbiringa Village, Kingsley Kasambara ,45, of Tambikani Village and Paweck Mkandawire, 30, of Chipimbininga Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Kabunduli in Nkhata Bay.

The other two are yet to be identified and are currently lying at MCH mortuary. Police have si Nkhata Bay nce called on people to help identify the two.

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