JINJA – A terrible accident that occurred on September 15, has claimed at least eight lives, and nine are still nursing injuries in Nawantumbi village along the Jinja-Kamuli highway.
A taxi with registration number UAZ 861J from Jinja knocked a motorcycle carrying two passengers who died on spot after one of its tyres burst.
The driver then lost control and knocked an electric pole, instantly killing six passengers.
Mr Fatuma Nakyanze, a survivor said that the taxi was overloaded.
“The taxi had 18 passengers onboard instead of the recommended 14, and when it overturned, some failed to jump out and suffocated due to congestion,” she said.
Mr Yakutu Waiswa, one of the eyewitnesses, said that the driver was overspeeding.
“The driver was speeding and failed to limit speed even when he reached our trading centre which is highly populated with a lot of motorists,” he said.