Eight perish in Kamuli road accident

Monday September 16 2019

The wreckage of the taxi that involved in an

The wreckage of the taxi that involved in an accident. URN PHOTO 

By URN

At least eight people died and nine others sustained injuries in a road accident that happened on Sunday in Nawantumbi village along the Jinja-Kamuli highway.

The accident involved a commuter taxi registration number UAZ 861J from Jinja whose one of its tyres burst before knocking a motorcycle carrying two passengers who died on spot.

The driver then lost control and knocked an electric pole, killing six passengers. Mr Yakutu Waiswa, one of the eyewitnesses, said that the driver was speeding.

"The driver was speeding and failed to limit speed even when he reached our trading centre which is highly populated with a lot of motorists," he said.

Mr Fatuma Nakyanze, a survivor said that even the taxi was overloaded.

"The taxi had 18 passengers on board instead of the recommended 14, and when it overturned, some failed to jump out and suffocated due to congestion," she said.

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The Busoga North Regional Police Spokesperson, Mr Michael Kasadha said that the injured were admitted at Kamuli Hospital. 

“The injured are currently receiving medical treatment at Kamuli Hospital, while the deceased are in the mortuary at the same hospital for postmortem,” he said.

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