The accident occurred at Magundi village, Mbungu division in Korogwe district in Tanga region.
According to our sources, the deceased and the casualties were taken to Magunga district hospital.
Tanga Regional Police Commander, Frasser Kashai confirmed the accident, saying it happened at 17:00 hours yesterday and involved a Mitsubishi Canter with registration no T 783 BLM. The vehicle was en route from Ambangulu ward to Korogwe town.
“We have not yet established the cause of the accident but we have arrested the driver and the owner of the vehicle as the traffic police continue to investigate the matter. The law will have to take its course,” said the police commander.
The driver has been identified as Ramadhan Omar (32), a resident of Korogwe and the owner of the vehicle in question is Haji Hamza (47).
The Regional Police Commander mentioned the deceased as Alli Juma (47), Kihiyo Rutha, Merina Kiteleko, Asha Mussa, Stella Charles (32), Mama Kivula and Jane Mbajo, all residents of Korogwe district.
In a related incident, at least 14 people including a public prosecutor lost their lives with 25 others injured in a road accident involving a Coaster minibus and a Scania lorry on Thursday last week.
Acting Tanga Region Police Commander, Juma Ndaki said the accident took place at Darajani area, Mkanyageni village in Muheza district.
According to the acting RPC, the minibus with registration number T 410 BJD which was en route from Tanga city to Lushoto was involved in a head on collision with a lorry with registration number T 645 ABJ which was coming from the opposite direction.
Ndaki said both drivers survived the accident but incurred minor injuries.
The acting RPC told reporters that the accident occurred after the lorry which was being driven by Benjamin Abed left its lane.
The minibus was being driven by Bakari Mussa. Drivers of both vehicles were injured in the accident.
The acting Regional Police Commander said the casualties and the 14 bodies of the deceased were taken to Muheza designated district hospital.
Doctor in-charge at the hospital, Peter Ng’wamkai confirmed to reporters that they had received the 14 bodies of the deceased.
He mentioned the deceased already identified as Mud Mohamedi, Zawadi Juma, Ahamed Shedoe, Adamu Shomari and Salimu Hassani and Athumani Masanja who was a public prosecutor.
The doctor called on the public to visit the hospital to help identify the remaining bodies preserved at the hospital’s mortuary.
Ng’wamkai also confirmed to have had received the casualties who have since been admitted.
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN