Uganda: Scores injured as Sino truck rams into traffic in Kiwatule

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KAMPALA, Uganda

A 10 wheel trailer plowed into stopped traffic along Naalya-Kiwatule Rd, igniting a fiery crash that included nine cars and two motorcycles.

Police said the accident happened at 8:20 am on Thursday Morning in Kiwatule, a township within capital Kampala.

A police officer at the scene said a Sino truck registration number UAX 495M failed to brake at the Kiwatule road junction before ramming into vehicles and that was stuck in the early Thursday morning traffic jam.

The truck was loaded with aggregate stones and according to a live broadcast by NBS Television, there’s serious wreckage.

Multiple people were injured in the incident but Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson Luke Oweyisigyire said there’s no fatalities.

“There are no confirmed deaths but the injured have been rushed to various hospitals,” he said in a WhatsApp message.

Officials were still trying to determine the total number of people injured and the extent of any injuries, Oweyisigyire added.

Patients were transported to various hospitals including Mulago Hospital for treatment.

The poor mechanical condition of the trailer is believed to be a factor in the crash, but the investigations are continuing, officials said.

A video circulating on social media showed injured strewn on the roadway while several people cried and shouted for help.

Police quickly arrived at the scene and rescued the victims.

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