Death toll in Masaka-Mbarara highway accident rise to 14, says Police

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MASAKA– Fourteen people have been confirmed dead in Thursday morning fatal accident on Masaka – Mbarara highway after a head on collision.

The 7Am accident involved a commuter taxi and a trailer. 

Asp Muhammad Nsubuga the Greater Masaka Police Relations Officer, a Tanzanian trailer  registration number TH77 BVW / T433 BDY Mercedes Benz collided with a Toyota HiAce registration number UBE 995C that was coming from Sembabule-Matete to Kampala.  

Nsubuga told the press that the trailer driver was overtaking on the wrong side of the road when the accident happened.

He adds that the 14 people who died on spot include 5 females, 2 male juveniles and 7 male adults. 

Only one person has been identified as Galambe Francis, 36 year, a resident of Buyoga village Kayunga Matete Sub County, Sembabule District.  

Efforts to identify the 13 victims is underway since none had any identification documents on them according to Nsubuga. 

He adds that the bodies of the victims have been conveyed to Masaka Regional Referral Hospital for Post mortem examination.

Nsubuga adds that the wreckage of the vehicles have been taken to Masaka Central Police Station pending inspection by the Inspectorate of vehicles.

“We urge all road users to take cognizant of existing road safety measures” he said.