Six dead, eight injured in Gulu highway accident

Residents staring at taxi which collided with Fuso Truck a

Residents staring at taxi which collided with Fuso Truck a

Six people died on spot and eight others got critically injured in an accident that occurred along the Kampala-Gulu highway last night.

The accident occurred at around 9:30pm when a Kampala bound taxi, registration number UAU 526A collided with a Fuso truck registration number UBB 030D, at Lukomera trading center in Luweero district. Police officers and residents rushed to the scene where many of the injured were rescued and rushed to Luweero health center IV.

The injured have been identified as Akram Bulega, Eric Ssempijja, Sharon Nanyonjo ,Tonny Kalyango and Judith Akello. The others were identified as Brian Heresa, a student of Everest College in Luweero town and one only identified as Ntalo.

Byaruhanga Mworozi, the Luweero district police commander said that the deceased persons are not yet identified. However, their bodies were taken to the mortuary at Luweero health centre IV.

Byaruhanga says that eyewitness blamed the accident on the taxi driver who was trying to overtake in a dangerous spot. The truck was carrying metallic drums.

Emmanuel Nsubuga, a resident of Luweero town says that the patients received minor first aid at Luweero health centre and were thereafter transferred to Kiwoko and Bishop Ceaser Asili hospitals for medical treatment. They sustained multiple wounds on legs, arms, legs and other body parts.

Another resident decried the lack of an ambulance at the first facility to transfer patients to other hospitals. The wreckage of taxi was removed from the scene and transferred to Wobulenzi police station. 

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