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Two killed in a road crash along Iganga-Jinja highway

IGANGA, UGANDA: Two people perished in a road crash that occured on Friday night at Namasoga along Iganga-Jinja highway.

The accident involved two vehicles; a Toyota Alphard (UBD 656X) which was heading to Iganga and a Mercedes Benz Actros (UBG 387J) coming from the opposite direction.

Busoga East regional police spokesperson SSP Diana Nandawula identified the deceased as the occupants of Toyota Alphard, Bazili Jimmy alias Hatim, 29, the driver and Ngobi Tonny, 23, who reportedly lost their lives at around midnight.

“The night accident involved a Toyota Alphard UBD 656X which had a head-on collision with a Mercedes benz actros  UBG 387J/UBJ 425K and the Alphard occupants died on spot. The accident occured at around midnight,” SSP Nandawula said in a Saturday statement. 

Preliminary reports shows that the crash could have been as a result of reckless driving caused by drink-driving by the Toyota Alphard crew as some exhibits of alcohol were retrieved from the vehicle. The Alphard driver allegedly veered from his lane and entered the lane of oncoming traffic before having a head-on collision.

“…the two who were in the Alphard seems were drunk since bottles of alcohol were retrieved from the vehicle. It could be the reason for the driver not making a fair decision while driving and ended up ramming into the oncoming vehicle,” Ms. Nandawula added.

However, DailyExpress has learnt that one of the deceased Ngobi Tonny was a son to Iganga’s prominent medic and proprietor of Hope medical clinic Dr. George Willian Bamudaziza. 

One of the colleague to the deceased persons Mr. Johnson Kapere told this publication that Hatim was an upcoming artist in Iganga town and a part time driver.

Meanwhile, police towed Toyota Alphard to Magamaga police and by press time, police was yet to evacuate the Mercedes benz actros. The bodies of the deceased persons were taken to Iganga general hospital mortuary at Nakavule for postmortem as investigations continue amidst police caution to the public to always be mindful while using the roads.

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