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The wreckage of one of the vehicles involved in the Bugiri accident

10 perish in nasty accident in Bugiri

At least 10 people have been confirmed dead and several others injured in a fatal accident that occurred along the Iganga-Tororo highway at Kibimbi, after the bridge in Bugiri District.

According to a statement issued by the territorial traffic police in Bugiri, the accident involved six motor vehicles which were all moving in the same direction towards Tororo, except for one vehicle, REG No. KAE 254c/ZA 5971, a tanker loaded with molasses, which was traveling in the opposite direction towards Iganga.  

According to the police statement, preliminary information indicates that the Motor vehicle REG No. UAW 963m, a Toyota Hiace, attempted to overtake a queue of vehicles.

The driver noticed an oncoming vehicle while still overtaking and swerved to the left to yield, unaware that the oncoming vehicle was a trailer tanker loaded with molasses and pulling another trailer. The rear part of the trailer collided with the taxi, crushing it against another trailer, KBJ 155c/ZD 2621, a Mercedes Benz. Consequently, the trailer tanker lost control, overturned, and caught fire.

The 10 people, including 8 passengers of the taxi, its driver, and the trailer tanker driver, died on the spot.

The traffic police responded to the scene immediately, and the bodies were transported to Bugiri hospital mortuary for postmortem examination.

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