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Omnibus Kills five Passengers, Injures 10 Others :: Uganda Radionetwork

Omnibus Kills five Passengers, Injures 10 Others

The accident occurred at around 1:30am on Tuesday morning.

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A commuter taxi registration number UAS 171M has overturned at Rubaare trading center along the Ntungamo-Kabale road killing five passengers and injuring ten others. The accident occurred at around 1:30am on Tuesday morning.  Poly Namaye, the Rwizi regional Police spokesperson identifies the deceased as Getu Tukahirwa, Ephraim Nyakasiza, Brian Ainamani, Hilliard Arinaitwe and Julius Karuhanga. By the time of filing this story only Patrick Arinatwe, the conductor of the ill fated taxi had been identified amongst the injured.

The injured accident victims first received first aid treatment at Rubare health center before they were transferred to Itojo Hospital. Namaye says the bodies of the deceased passengers have also been taken to the Itojo Hospital mortuary for postmortem before they are handed to their relatives for burial. Namaye says that they are hunting for the driver of the ill fated taxi who escaped shortly after the accident. Frank Ahabwe, an eye witness says that he had a tyre burst, minutes before the taxi overturned several times.

He blames the puncture on the poor state of the Mbarara-Kabale road, which is under construction. According to Ahabwe several vehicles have punctured their tyres at the same accident spot. But Benson Mungasa, the Rwizi regional traffic Officer blames the accident on carelessness on the part of the driver. He says that majority of drivers plying the Kabale -Mbarara and Mbarara -Masaka highways disrespect road signs which has led to various accidents. The death of the passengers brings to 12, the number of people killed in road carnage in Rwezi region within two days.

On Sunday, seven people were killed at different spots along the Mbarara-Masaka, Buremba-Kakoba and Mbarara-Bushenyi roads. 

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