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38 students die in accident

LUSAKA (ZAMBIA):, A truck carrying dozens of students crashed in Zambia, killing at least 38 students and seriously injuring 50 others, police said on Saturday. Police spokeswoman, Brenda Muntemba, said the accident occurred on Friday in the north of the country on the outskirts of the small town of Kawambwa, 729 km northeast of the capital. The Provincial chief administrator, Kennedy Sakeni, said the toll was likely to increase because there were a large number of serious injuries. It was not clear how many students from the local Kawambwa Boys High School were actually on the truck at the time. But there was speculation that the driver of the truck was trying to make extra money by transporting the students from their boarding school to their homes in other parts of the country. The driver apparently lost control of the truck as it approached a corner in hills which are part of the Mchinga Escarpment mountain range. The driver was among the injured.

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