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Zambia road accident claims Zimbabwean lives

A video has gone viral of a deadly head-on collision involving a bus and a truck in Zambia in which an eyewitness said many lives, some Zimbabweans, were lost. The bus was South African, and heading to Tanzania, suspected to have had mostly Zimbabwean passengers going on business.

The truck, on the other hand, was Tanzanian and coming to Zambia. The head-on crash, according to the eyewitness, happened at Selenje and was a result of the truck encroaching onto the opposite lane while trying to overtake.

Five of the eight passengers in the truck died on the spot, including the driver, according to the witness. The number of lives lost on the bus is unknown, but the eyewitnesses put the figure as high.

The eyewitness spoke in Shona, Zimbabwe’s main local language. The bus partially moved off the road to avoid the encroaching truck, according to the eyewitness, but it kept on moving in the direction of the oncoming bus until the vehicles collided.

The truck driver, allegedly, was dozing. Pictures from the scene showed many bodies, and injured people lying on the ground, and the truck driver flung up his mingled vehicle, dead. Many Zimbabwean cross-border traders travel by road to Tanzania, via Zambia.

In other news – Gypsy Rose Blanchard released from prison

Gypsy Rose Blanchard is officially out of prison. She was released from the Chillicothe Correctional Center at 3:30 a.m. local time, according to the Missouri Department of Corrections, ABC reported. The 32-year-old Missouri woman had served 7 years for the murder of her mother, Clauddine “Dee Dee” Blanchard.

Gypsy Rose was arrested in 2015, along with her then-boyfriend Nicholas Godejohn, after her mother was found stabbed to death in her home. Gypsy Rose eventually pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Back in September, the Springfield News-Leader reported that Gypsy Rose had been granted parole and would be released in December. Read More

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