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More Than 50 People Killed in Zambian Bus Collision, Police Say

More Than 50 people died after a bus collided with a truck in Zambia, the police said.

A bus collided head-on with a truck between 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. in Chibombo district, about 85 kilometers (53 miles) north of Lusaka, the capital, Elizabeth Kanjela, a police spokeswoman, said by mobile phone. The bus had capacity to carry 70 passengers. The police are still determining how many people were aboard, and the exact number of fatalities, Kanjela said.

“It’s terrible,” she said. “At least 50 are dead.”

The deaths totaled 53, Michael Sata, Zambia’s president, said in an e-mailed statement. More than 1,200 people die in road accidents yearly in Zambia, making collisions the biggest killer after malaria and Aids, Zindaba Soko, chief executive officer of the Lusaka-based Road Transport and Safety Authority, said Jan. 11.

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