Kenyan pilgrims perish in car crash

Photo by Frank Ryme
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A police patrol truck being used to transport bodies of pilgrims who were knocked dead by a taxi in Mayuge District, and the injured to hospital.
MAYUGE-Four people have died while four others sustained injuries after a taxi lost control and rammed into a group of Kenyan pilgrims at Bugodi Village along the Iganga-Jinja highway on Sunday morning.
Police identified the victims as Joselyn Wanjala and Sarah Ajambo who died on spot, while Pelivin Malinde and Geofrey Ogaga were pronounced dead on arrival at Iganga Hospital.
The officer-in-charge of traffic at Magamaga Police Station, Ms Beatrice Apiny, said all the deceased were pilgrims from Bungoma North District in Kenya.

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Uganda martyrs pilgrims from Bungoma in Kenya gathered at the scene where four of their colleagues were knocked dead and several others left injured by a speeding taxi that rammed into them

“They were walking towards Jinja and on reaching Bugodi, the taxi which was coming from the opposite direction rammed into them, killing two on the spot. They were knocked from the road reserve,” Ms Apinyi said.
She added that after ramming into the pilgrims, the car crossed the road and stopped in a nearby banana plantation.
Among those seeking treatment at Iganga Hospital are John Okoth, Joseph Lusenyu, Kelvin Akira and Gladesi Eduti.
Ms Apinyi attributed the accident to recklessness by the taxi driver who is on the run.

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