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32 die as truck carrying coffin, four other cars collide

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At least 32 people have died in Uganda after a grisly road accident involving five vehicles.

The accident occurred along the Kasese- Fort Portal road a few minutes past midnight.

Uganda Red Cross says 32 dead bodies have been recovered, while five survivors are being treated at Kilembe hospital, Western Uganda.

According to Nile Post, a truck carrying a coffin collided head-on with another car travelling in the opposite direction, triggering a smash up involving five vehicles.

“There was a big truck with a coffin and people on top, while a lorry full of people followed closely behind. When the car with coffin hit another car, the lorry behind it went straight into the two cars,” Nile Post quotes an eye witness as saying.

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Irene Nakasiita, communications officer, Uganda Red Cross, said the road where the accident happened is narrow, under construction.

Uganda has one of the worst records on road safety, with about 20,000 road accidents occurring annually and more than 2,000 deaths.

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