14 confirmed dead in Masaka-Mbarara highway accident

A total of 14 people have been confirmed dead following a nasty accident on Thursday morning involving a trailer and a taxi along the Masaka – Mbarara highway.

According to Muhammad Nsubuga, the Greater Masaka regional police spokesperson, the accident happened at Kasijagirwa village at around 7 am when the trailer lost control and rammed into an oncoming taxi.

“A Tanzanian trailer registration number TH77 BVW / T433 BDY Mercedes Benz collided with a Toyota Hiace registration number UBE 995C that was coming from Sembabule-Matete to Kampala. The trailer driver was overtaking on the wrong side of the road. A total of 14 people died on the spot,” Nsubuga said.

Police confirmed that of the 14 victims, five were females, two children, and seven males whose identities are yet to be known since they didn’t have identification documents.

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According to police, the bodies of the deceased have been taken to Mulago regional referral hospital for post mortem examination whereas the wreckage of the vehicles have been taken to Masaka Central Police Station pending investigation into the accident.

“We urge all road users to take cognizant of existing road safety measures,” Nsubuga said.

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