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At least 10 dead in Tororo-Iganga road crash

At least 10 people have been perished in a grisly crash on the Iganga-Tororo highway Monday night, Police said.

The dead include two drivers of a commuter taxi whose reckless overtaking is alleged to have caused the accident, and a driver of a tanker.

This accident occurred near Kibimba bridge at about 7:30pm. It involved six vehicles, including heavy goods trucks

The motor vehicles included number KBJ 156C/ZD 2621 Mercedes Benz Actros, KDY 526G/ZD4391 Mercedes Benz Axor, KDH 407T Toyota Land Cruiser, UAV 597N Toyota Hiace, UAW 963M Toyota Hiace and KAE 254C/ZA 5971 Tanker loaded with molasese.

Police preliminary findings indicate that all five motor vehicles were moving in the same direction except the molasses tanker registration KAE 254C/ZA5971 which was from the opposite direction heading to Iganga.

It is said that motor vehicle number UAW 963M Toyota Hiace was overtaking a line of vehicles when the driver found himself in a possible head-on collision with the on-coming tanker.

“He swerved to his left to give way not realising that the oncoming vehicle was a trailer tanker loaded with molasses,” Traffic Police said in a statement.

“The behind part of the trailer hit the said taxi, ramming it against another trailer KBJ 155C/ZD2621 Benz Actros. The tanker lost control overturned and caught fire. Ten people who included eight passengers in the taxi, it’s driver and the driver of the trailer tanker died on the spot.”

All the bodies were taken to Bugiri hospital mortuary as the motor vehicles were towed to Muwayo Police Station.

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