15 cattle traders critically injured in Sembabule road crash

Local rescue teams search for survivors of the accident on September 23, 2022. PHOTO/CLEOPHAS TUKAMARWA

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  • Nearly 15 victims have been transferred to Masaka Regional Referral Hospital in critical condition.

At least 15 cattle traders have been rushed to Sembabule Health Centre IV in critical condition after a truck they were traveling in got an accident

The crash at Lutunku Village in Kawanda Sub County in Sembabule District happened after the driver of a speeding truck lost control of the vehicle.

An eyewitnesses who preferred anonymity said one of the back tyres of the ill-fated truck burst before it swerved off the road and rolled several times on the ground. Over 40 animals including goats died on the spot during the 4pm accident.

Tens of animals died during the accident in Sembabule District on September 23, 2022.  PHOTO/CLEOPHAS TUKAMARWA

Another eyewitness and also Kawanda Sub County representative Annet Kyalimpa said about nearly 15 victims have been transferred to Masaka Regional Referral Hospital in critical condition.

One of the survivors, Leonard Ssemakula told Monitor that they were heading to Kampala from Lwemiyaga County via the Sembabule- Gomba Road.

“We managed to save some animals with broken limbs but unfortunately some had already died since they were congested in the truck,” he added.

Sembabule District Police Commander (DPC), Mr Rogers Kapere attributed the crash to over speeding by the truck driver who was also injured.

“Police have always warned cattle traders against sitting on the trucks that carry livestock since they are always speeding which risks their lives,” he noted.

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