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Three Perish, Eleven Injured in Jinja-Iganga Highway Accident

JINJA ROAD ACCIDENT: Three people have been confirmed dead following a fatal accident along the Jinja-Iganga highway today morning.

It has been reported that, the victims dealing in mainly agricultural produce were traveling from Pallisa district to Kampala. These were traveling in a commuter taxi of registration number; UBJ 318C.

It is reported that taxi had a tyre burst at Wairaka junction, and overturned several times, living three people dead and 11 others critically injured.

The deceased who identified as Anthony Katewu, the driver, Rose Logose and Amiina Nakisendo have been taken to Jinja regional referral hospital mortuary awaiting postmortem.

Meanwhile, the causalities were rushed to Jinja regional referral hospital’s emergency unit and are still undergoing triage to save their lives.

John Kabale, a resident in the area says that he noticed the driver attempting to maintain his course along the highway but he later lost control of the vehicle.

Martin Kisubi, the L.C.1 chairperson of Wairaka A village told URN that, the neighboring residents mobilized themselves to retrieve both the causalities and the deceased before alerting police.

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Abdullah Muyingo, another resident says that they have so far registered four fatal accidents involving commuter taxis at that exact spot in a period of one year. He suggests that Uganda national roads authority-UNRA should improvise by constructing some physical speed control structures like bumps to reduce the rate of accidents within the area.

Kenneth Kategaya, the Uganda Red cross society manager in Jinja area has expressed worry over the increasing number of road accidents, stressing that, in the last two weeks, his team has responded to over 16 road accidents along the different highways within Busoga sub region.

The Kiira region police spokesperson, Abbey Ngako confirms the accident, adding that inquiries are underway to ascertain the exact cause of the accident.

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By: URN


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