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Students Injured in Jinja-Kamuli Road Accident :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Students Injured in Jinja-Kamuli Road Accident

Initial reports indicate that the driver of a commuter taxi registration number, UAZ 639S lost control of the vehicle which was reportedly over speeding and swerved off the road after hitting a raised hump. The vehicle overturned in Lwanda village.
Some of the injured students sharing a bed at the Jinja regional referral hospital emmergency ward.

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Eighteen students of Wisdom Hill Senior Secondary School were on Friday night injured in an accident along the Jinja-Kamuli highway. The students were returning home after visiting the Agricultural Show in Jinja. 

Initial reports indicate that the driver of a commuter taxi registration number, UAZ 639S lost control of the vehicle which was reportedly over speeding and swerved off the road after hitting a raised hump. The vehicle overturned in Lwanda village.  

Zulaika Namulondo, student says that the return journey from the show grounds started rather late when the vehicle arrived after 8;30 p.m., even if the driver was under instruction to pick the students at 4 p.m. Namulondo adds that the driver ignored requests to slow down the speeding vehicle.   

//Cue in; “tubaile… 

Cue out…gonagoona.”//

Paul Kasujja, another student says that the taxi driver was overtaking a speeding truck from the opposite lane when he suddenly hit a hump and overturned in the neighbouring yard living occupants to cry for help. Kasujja stresses that they were only ferried by well-wishers to the hospital.   

//Cue in; “buno obuzibu…

Cue out…batutasaku.”//   

Steven Mwase, a teacher says that the commuter taxi was one of the three that were hired by the school to transport 65 students. He says that five of the students are in critical condition, while others are steadily recovering.   

//Cue in; “we had three…  

Cue out…nobody is dead.”// 

One of the nurses who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity said that the students had suffered broken limbs, but had all received first aid while awaiting transfer to the main ward for better management.