5 perish in Masaka highway accident

Wreckage of the Toyota Hiace minibus

Five people perished in a Boxing day accident at Kibukuta swamp along the Kampala-Masaka highway.  

The accident involved a Toyota Hiace minibus reg no. UBM 489B and a Mercedes Benz reg no. UAM 445B, according to a statement issued by Faridah Nampiima, the traffic and road safety public relations officer.

She explains that the accident occurred around 7 am when the Mercedes Benz that was heading to Masaka in the same direction as the minibus tried to overtake at a terrible speed and lost control and knocked the Hiace off the road.

Both vehicles overturned killing five people and injuring five others. She says the deceased whose identities haven’t been established include three female and 2 male adults who were travelling in the Toyota Hiace while the other five victims from the Benz were rushed to Nkozi hospital.

“The suspected cause of the accident is speeding by both vehicles,” she said. Adding that, “We wish to remind all road users to be vigilant and observe maximum road discipline.”

Source: The Observer

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