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      Sorry to step on the NEWS TOES, but when I saw this and was so familiar with the names and places, I wanted to send it on. Speaking from professional experince, not many people can get thrown from a car in an accident and walk away without injury.

      Malawi President Survives Car Crash

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      Malawi President Survives Car Crash
      Thu Jan 8, 6:11 AM ET

      By RAPHAEL TENTHANI, Associated Press Writer

      BLANTYRE, Malawi - President Bakili Muluzi's convoy was caught in a five-car pileup that injured his presidential affairs minister and three other people, but left him unharmed, officials said.


      The accident happened late Wednesday as Muluzi returned home from the airport after attending a political rally in the central tobacco region of Kasungu, presidential spokesman Willie Zingani said.

      "It had earlier been slightly raining in Blantyre, and one of the presidential escort vehicles slipped on the wet road as the presidential convoy arrived in heart of the city," Zingani said.

      Muluzi's Mercedes Benz limousine rammed into the escort vehicle, and three vehicles behind the president crashed into them, he said.

      Muluzi was thrown from the limousine, but was not seriously hurt and returned to his official Sanjika Palace in another vehicle, he said.

      A bodyguard in Muluzi's limousine was seriously injured, along with two police officers in the escort vehicle. Presidential Affairs Minister Ken Lipenga was also hurt.

      "I can't remember anything that happened," Lipenga said from his bed at the Mwaiwathu Private Hospital.

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