The wreckage of the taxi that involved in an accident



At least eight people died and nine others sustained injuries in a road accident that happened on Sunday in Nawantumbi village along the Jinja-Kamuli highway.

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The accident involved a commuter taxi registration number UAZ 861J from Jinja whose one of its tyres burst before knocking a motorcycle carrying two passengers who died on spot.

The driver then lost control and knocked an electric pole, killing six passengers, eye witnesses said that the driver was over speeding.

“The driver was speeding and failed to limit the speed of the car even when he reached the trading centre which is highly populated with a lot of motorists,” an eye witness said.

Ms Fatuma Nakyanze, a survivor said that even the taxi was overloaded with 18 passengers instead of the recommended 18.

Meanwhile two people died and got scores injured yesterday after the driver of a taxi lost control and it overturned several times at Buyange Village, Magada Sub-county in Namutumba District.
The driver of the speeding taxi was reportedly distracted as he talked on phone asking colleagues whether traffic officers in Namutumba were still on duty, a survivor said.
The taxi, that was coming from Mbale and heading towards the Iganga direction, on Sunday evening overturned thrice, killing a 10-year-old pupil and a 39-year-old man.


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