KAMPALA, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) — At least 15 Congolese were killed and several others injured on Sunday when a truck they were riding in overturned in the northwestern Ugandan district of Pakwach, a police spokesperson said.

West Nile regional police spokesperson Josephine Angucia told Xinhua by telephone that the tragedy occurred when the driver of the truck transporting mainly Congolese traders to Panyimur fish market lost control and the vehicle overturned at Got Malara.

The traders were mainly fishmongers from Ariwara in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angucia said.

“Some 15 people have so far been confirmed dead and many injured. The death toll is likely to rise,” the spokesperson said.

“Our officers are on the ground to establish the cause,” Angucia said.

Uganda registers about 20,000 road accidents each year, with some 2,000 deaths, making it one of the countries with the highest traffic death rates, according to police statistics.

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