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Nine Dead, 12 Injured In Jinja-Iganga Highway Accident :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Nine Dead, 12 Injured In Jinja-Iganga Highway Accident

The accident occurred at around 12.30 a.m. when a Iganga-bound coaster registration number UAT 672Q collided with another coaster registration number UAM 775 L which was driving from Mbale. It is reported that Iganga bound coaster was carrying Christians from a service at the Synagogue Church in Kampala
Nine people have been confirmed dead and 12 others injured in an accident that occurred at Wandago trading centre, 12 kilometers along the Jinja to Iganga highway last night.

The accident occurred at around 12.30 a.m. when a Iganga-bound coaster registration number UAT 672Q collided with another coaster registration number UAM 775 L which was driving from Mbale. It is reported that Iganga bound coaster was carrying Christians from a service at the Synagogue Church in Kampala

According to one survivor identified as Joshua Musenze, the coaster from Kampala was over speeding. He adds that the residents, all residents of Iganga had earlier cautioned the driver against over speeding but he was rushing for a return journey to Kampala.

Rashid Balabweyo, a relative to one of the deceased persons said her sister left home at around 6 a.m. together with her three children, to attend prayers at pastor Kakande's Church in Kampala. The children survived the accident with minor injuries.

The deceased were identified as Naikanga Kaisuka, 34, Godfrey Tigawalana, 27, Jessica Naigaga, 50, Evelyn Asiyo 45, Sulaina Namugabo 56, Muzafaru Ikoba 39, Sylivia Nakirija,50, Peter Bukisuba 2, Tony Buyinza 5 years all residents of Busei B village Nakalama Sub County Iganga district.

Some of the injured were identified as Hadija Nabulumba 5, Abdulrazak Nyonjo 7, and Hassan Kato all children to the deceased Evelyn Asiyo. The injured were taken to Jinja and Iganga hospitals with broken legs, limbs and multiple wounds on their bodies.

Nyonjo, who was dressed in a blood stained grey suit topld our reporter that he first heard a loud bang and later heard people calling for help.

The acting East Busoga Regional Traffic Officer, Rogers Nandege said preliminary investigations indicated that the vehicles were over speeding. However, he adds that investigations into the matter are underway.

Relatives of both the deceased and the injured are still gathering at Iganga Hospital to identify their relatives. The wreckage of the two vehicles was by press time towed to Musita police post.

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