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Saudi- 13 dead in central Uganda road accident


(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency)
Kampala, Dhu-AlHijjah 27, 1438, Sep 18, 2017, SPA -- Thirteen people were killed and eight injured when a lorry hit a minibus in central Uganda, police said Monday, adding that most of the victims were Tanzanians travelling home from a wedding.
According to dpa, the accident occurred about 60 kilometres south-west of the Ugandan capital Kampala late Sunday, said traffic police spokesman Charles Ssebambulidde.
"The breaks of the ... truck failed and the driver rammed it into the mini bus. We have not established why this happened but we suspect the lorry was in poor mechanical condition," Ssebambulidde added.
One Ugandan and 12 people from neighbouring Tanzania were killed, while the lorry driver survived and was taken to hospital, he said.
Accidents claim hundreds of lives each year in Uganda, with speeding, drunk driving, and the poor condition of the vehicles usually to blame.
--SPA
18:19 LOCAL TIME 15:19 GMT

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