PAKWACH. Six people have been confirmed dead while several others sustained serious injuries in a fatal road accident involving a taxi.
The Thursday morning incident occurred in Terokot village, Latoro sub-county in Nwoya district just about 9km from Pakwach bridge.
Reports indicate that the accident claimed the lives of three women and two children on spot while unidentified man died in an Ambulance on the way to Angal hospital where he was being rushed for treatment with three other people who were also in critical condition.
The injured were over bleeding due to the deep cuts sustained in the course of the accident.
The taxi with registration number UBG/283L was from Bweyale town in Kiryandongo district heading to Paidha town in Zombo district.
According to Mr Swaib Toko, the Pakwach resident district commissioner (RDC) who rushed to the scene, the cause of the accident was a tyre burst. He said the tyre burst forced the taxi to overturn several times.
"The accident occurred on a good road without any pothole. Had it not been the tyre burst, the accident wouldn’t have occurred,” Toko stated.
The team of health workers at Pakwach health centre IV where other survivors were rushed including the driver of the taxi said they are doing everything possible to save the lives of the casualties.
Mr Martin Oriek, one of the survivors and a resident of Pakada village in Zombo district said the taxi was over speeding with more than 20 passengers.
"We were more than 20 people in the taxi and worse enough, the driver was over speeding so that he can make a return trip to pick waiting passengers in Bweyale and that is why, I think the tyre burst happened," Oriek narrated.
By press time, the identities of the dead and the injured were not yet established.
The bodies of the dead are still lying at Pakwach health centre IV Mortuary.