Uganda police architect and Law Development Centre graduand perish in train-car crash

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Police have confirmed the death of three people who perished after a car they were travelling in was hit by a train at the Level Crossing (railway) in Nakawa Division in Kampala on Sunday morning, 10th July 2022 around 3am.

Two of the deceased are Nobert Tizikara,32,an architect with the Uganda Police Construction Unit – also the proprietor of Redion Designs and his girlfriend Caroline Aturinda hailing from Rwenkobwa Ibanda district – who was a student at Law Development Center-LDC due to graduate on 29th July 2022.  The accident involved a Mercedes Benz ML Reg. No. UBJ 053N said to have had three occupants, and a locomotive that moved it about 70 metres.

According to Mr Wilfred Natolie who is one of the eyewitnesses, he reached the scene a few moments after the accident had occurred and he was told the victims had been rushed on boda bodas to Naguru hospital for medical attention.

“While driving through Nakawa, I saw an accident involving a Mercedes Benz which had been moved by the train for about 70 meters. When I reached the wreckage hoping to get occupants there, I was told by the people around that the occupants had been rushed for first aid,” he said.

Natolie said he found a police patrol vehicle with a dead body of a lady whom they said was one of the occupants of the car. He added, out of curiosity, he went to Naguru Hospital to try and ascertain the identities of the accident victims but he found only a dead body of a light-skinned lady whom he was informed had died a few minutes before her arrival at the hospital. He was later informed that the driver of the car, Tizikara, also succumbed to the injuries he sustained from the crash.

John Linonn Sengendo, the Uganda Railways Corporation Communications Spokesperson confirmed that the accident occurred at 3.30am when their locomotive was returning from Namanve after delivering goods to clients.

“According to the train driver, he hooted before reaching the Level Crossing as is always required and also had the headlamps flushing bright for any other motorist to take heed but he suspects that the accident could have resulted from carelessness like most motorists who disrespect Railway Crossings,” he said.

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