The police in Uganda said on Sunday that at least 21 people were killed and 49 injured after a Nairobi-bound bus crashed near the Ugandan border.
The accident occurred on Saturday evening when the bus was crossing the Ugandan border. Eight Ugandans and thirteen Kenyans died on the spot, Ugandan regional police spokesman Rogers Taitika told newsmen.
The bus from the eastern Ugandan city of Mbale headed for Lwakhakha in Kenya before it got into the crash
Taitika said the driver had apparently lost control of the bus which caused the vehicle to skid off the road.
“Preliminary findings point to a case of overspeeding by the bus driver,” he was quoted as saying.
Uganda has seen a spike in road accidents in recent years. Local media reported that the Ugandan government is planning to issue new measures to try to improve road safety after a surge in accidents.
On January 6, 16 people died after a bus rammed into a stationary truck near the northern Ugandan city of Gulu.
In just three days over the New Year period, between December 30 to January 1, 104 road crashes have been recorded in Uganda, with 35 people dead and 114 injured, in addition to the victims of the latest January accidents.
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