KASESE, UGANDA: Thirty two (32) have been confirmed dead following a nasty road accident involving five vehicles at Kihogo along Hima-Rugendabara road in Kasese District in western Uganda.
“32 dead bodies recovered, five survivors referred to Kilembe hospital. Our emergency response team working with police and UPDF led by Major Charles Nzei have managed the incident,” Uganda Red Cross Society said in a statement on Twitter.
“The road is narrow, it is under construction, and it was dark. The other two lorries were coming from Kasese and joined the two that were already in the accident. Another from Bundibugyo joined the four. It made five cars around the scene injuring five people and … killing 32,” adds the statement from the spokesperson Mrs. Irene Nakasiita
The accident that occurred at around 9pm involved five cars including a Canta truck carrying a coffin and mourners from Bundibugyo District that were headed to Maliba sub county for burial.
It is reported that the truck rammed into a Noah car which was also rammed into by two other lorries that were en route from Fort Portal city before another vehicle from Kasese crashed into the four.
According to police statistics, some 20,000 road accidents occur nationwide each year, causing more than 2,000 deaths and thus making Uganda among the countries with the highest traffic fatality rates.