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Two dead, scores injured in Kampala-Jinja highway accident

BUIKWE, UGANDA; At least two people were reported dead on spot and six others injured after a speeding taxi rammed into a truck along the Kampala-Jinja highway on Wednesday evening.

The fatal accident occurred at around 9 pm at Kitigoma village in Buikwe district along the Kampala-Jinja highway when a taxi registration number UBH 683E rammed into a Tata truck registration number UAT 279J .

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According to the Traffic Police spokesperson, Faridah Nampiima, the taxi driven by an unknown driver lost control and rammed into the truck from behind as both vehicles were heading towards Jinja from Kampala. Two passengers in the taxi died shortly after being rushed to hospital.

“Six passengers who are yet to be identified were severely injured and were rushed to Jinja hospital for treatment,” Nampiima said.

The developments come on the backdrop of a traffic police report that indicated that at least 58 people were killed in accidents during the Christmas period in various parts of the country.

According to police, reckless driving is the biggest cause of traffic accidents on Ugandan roads.
“We want to urge drivers especially during this season when people are returning from villages to be cautious on the road and drive carefully,” Nampiima said.

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