Seven dead, scores injured after truck rams into taxi  along  Jinja-Kampala highway

Seven people have been confirmed dead and scores injured in an accident that happened on Tuesday afternoon involving a taxi and a cement truck.

According to Hellen Butoto, the Police spokesperson for Ssezibwa region, the accident happened at Nile Village near Nile Breweries along the Kampala-Jinja highway when a Fuso truck registration number UBB 895H rammed into a taxi, registration number UBL 838U.

Six people are dead and 11 others were injured following an accident involving two motor vehicles that occurred on Tuesday, 06/12/2022 at around 1350/c at Nile Village near Nile breweries along the Jinja-Kampala highway.

“It is alleged that the Fuso truck which was being driven by an unknown driver from Kayunga side heading towards Njeru lost control of the vehicle at Nile village and rammed into the taxi Toyota which was coming from Kampala side heading towards Mbale,”Butoto said.

Whereas police put the death toll at six and the injured at 11, Uganda Red Cross in a separate statement said seven had died.

According to Irene Nakasiita, the Red Cross spokesperson, four died on the spot whereas three others died later during and after being rushed to hospital.

All the deceased were passengers in the taxi.

“The injured persons have been rushed to Jinja hospital and Nile international hospital respectively for treatment while the six dead bodies have all been conveyed to Jinja hospital mortuary pending a postmortem examination,” Butoto said.

She added that both  motor vehicles have been towed to Njeru police station yard pending inspection by inspectorate of vehicles as  inquiries continue.

 

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