Six perish in another accident along Jinja-Iganga highway

At least six(6) people have perished in another accident recorded along the Jinja-Iganga highway on Saturday evening.

The accident which occured at Namasoga Village along the busy is the second fatal road crash in less than 24 hours after another which killed 9 people and injured 6 in the wee hours of Saturday morning.

The Saturday evening accident involved three vehicles; Toyota Hiace commonly known as taxi registration number UAV 659L, Isuzu Elfu (Tipa) UBH 032W and Toyota Sienta UBJ 679Y.

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Police identified the deceased as Batwawula Umar Gonzaga, a resident of Buyebe village, Ibulanku sub county in Bugweri district, Nangoma Leokadia, 60, from Rwanda in Luuka district, Kinyata Yahaya, 27, who has been residing in Namutumba but a born of Busia district. The two children and another female adult were yet to be identified by press time.

According to Busoga East Police spokesperson SSP Diana Nandawula, the six people who died while being transported to hospital for treatment, included two children, two females and two male adults.

“The six people who were first injured in an accident at Namasoga along Jinja-Iganga later died while being transported for treatment and others died on arrival at the hospital,” SSP Nandawula said.

Ms Nandawula said the Tipa which was loaded with sand and heading to Jinja suffered a flat tire and veered off its lane and collided head-on with the taxi which was coming from Jinja. The Sienta rammed into the Tipa from the rear.

She says the three vehicles collided leading to deaths and injuries. She urged the drivers to be extremely careful while using the roads and avoid speeding citing that it has been the major cause of accidents.

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“We continue to urge drivers to be careful and avoid speeding because they are some of the causes of road crashes on addition to reckless driving and failure to follow road instructions,” Ms. Nandawula added.

Meanwhile, the vehicles which were involved in the accident were towed and parked at Iganga central police station while the bodies of the deceased persons were taken to Iganga general hospital mortuary for autopsy as investigations continue.

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