20 Feared Dead In Multi-Vehicle Accident On Uganda Highway
No less than 20 persons were dead on Saturday evening in a multi-vehicle accident on a ‘very busy’ highway outside the Ugandan capital Kampala, police told AFP.
“Twenty people have so far died and several are in hospital with major injuries,” a regional police spokesman Phillip Mukasa said in one of the worst crashes of its kind in the East African country.
“Five vehicles were involved in the accident on the Kampala-Masaka highway when a private car was overtaking many vehicles at a busy section of the road” some 150 kilometres (95 miles) south west of the capital, he added.
Also confirming the road mishap, the National police spokesperson, Polly Namaye, said five vehicles, including two passenger minibuses, were involved in the accident on Saturday evening in Mpigi district, about 50km from the capital, Kampala.
“Initial investigations showed that a private vehicle attempted to overtake another at a sharp corner, hitting a trailer which swerved and hit other vehicles,” she said.
“We believe this was reckless driving,” she said.
She said 12 other people were injured in the accident.
The highway, where Saturday’s accident happened, usually has heavy traffic, including trucks carrying imports from the Indian Ocean coast to Rwanda through western Uganda.
It is said that majority of the roads and highways in the East African country are narrow and often littered with potholes.