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Police confirm 14 dead in Masaka-Mbarara road accident

14 dead as Ugandan taxi avoids cow

Kampala, Uganda | AFP | 

Fourteen people were killed when a taxi swerved to avoid a cow and crashed into two large vehicles on what is known as Uganda’s deadliest road, police said Wednesday.

Eight people died on the spot including a journalist, while six others died later in hospital, regional traffic police chief, Scovia Birungi told AFP.

Nine other other people had serious injuries, while the cow also died.

The crash happened at Lwengo along the Mbarara-Masaka-Kampala highway on a stretch of road known locally as the most dangerous in Uganda.

“The accident took place when a speeding omnibus taxi avoided hitting a cow that was crossing the road, (and) rammed into a bus and a truck,” said Birungi.

“The vehicles crashed into each other, subsequently killing and injuring people.

“And the cow was not spared,” he added.

More than 200 people had already been killed on the 130km (80 mile) stretch of road from January to September 2016, another traffic police officer, Edith Nanteza had said last year.

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Wednesday 2pm

Eleven people, including a journalist, are dead after a road accident near Kyazanga on the Masaka-Mbarara road. Initial reports indicate that the accident in Lwengo District early Wednesday, involved a taxi, a Fuso truck and bus near Kyazanga.

Reports from the scene indicate the casualties were in the taxi, that was ripped apart, and the truck.  The vehicles were said to be avoiding a cow, and boda boda carrying produce when the collision occurred.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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