10 dead, scores injured as truck rams into Kadodi dancers in Njeru

Wednesday December 19 2018

The Tata truck which rammed into a group of

The Tata truck which rammed into a group of Kadodi dancers on December 18, 2018 killing 10, parked at Bujagali Police Station. PHOTO BY DENIS EDEMA  

By TAUSI NAKATO

BUIKWE /JINJA

At least 10 people have been pronounced dead in another road accident at Wakisi Village, Wakisi Sub County in Njeru Municipality, Buikwe District.
Mr Samuel Nsubuga, one of the eye witnesses told Daily Monitor that a Tata truck registration number UAK 277N, loaded with sugarcane lost control and rammed into a group of people on Tuesday night, killing four on spot. Six of the victims died on arrival to Jinja Referral Hospital.

Mr Nsubuga said the deceased were part of a group that was dancing to Kadodi, a cultural ritual song for the Bagisu circumcision ceremony. They were travelling from Wakisi to Kikubamutwe.
Mr James Mukasa, another eye witness said the truck was speeding with no front lights.
The Njeru Municipality Mayor, Mr Yassin Kyazze said over 20 survived with serious injuries and they are admitted to Jinja Referral Hospital.

Some of the injured admitted to Jinja Referral

Some of the injured admitted to Jinja Referral Hospital. PHOTOS BY TAUSI NAKATO


“A tata truck reg no. UAK 277N loaded with sugarcane which was from Kayunga towards Njeru rammed into a group of people who were on the road dancing Kadodi also from Kayunga towards Njeru. Among the dead are three juveniles. Nine in critical condition were rushed to Jinja hospital plus others who we suspect to have been taken to other health facilities. We are yet to establish the number of the people involved in the accident but so far they are 17. The driver of the truck is on the run and the vehicle is at Bujagali Police station. The cause of the accident is not yet established as investigations underway,” said Ssezibwa Regional Police Spokesperson, Ms Hellen Butoto.

A police officer carries an injured teenage boy

A police officer carries an injured teenage boy at Jinja referral hospital where the accident victims were admitted.

This is the second serious accident to happen in less than six hours.

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