PHOTOS: Heartbreak as a couple are killed at the Kinawataka crossing

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Condolences are pouring in for a couple who were killed by a train at a level crossing in Nakawa on Saturday evening.

Uganda Police Construction Unit architect Norbert Tizikara, 32, and Caroline Aturinda died after their vehicle was run over by a train at the Kinawataka level crossing near the Uganda Revenue Authority headquarters offices in Nakawa, Kampala.

Traffic police spokeswoman ASP Faridah Nampiima said Ann died at the scene as Tizikara was rushed to Mulago Referral Hospital in critical condition.

ChimpReports learned that Tizikara, who owned Redion Designs, later died.

The couple were driving a Mercedes Benz registered UBJ 053N. The train driver reportedly honked and flashed lights to warn the Mercedes Benz driver to no avail.

Cases of road accidents at Kampala level crossings have increased in recent years.

The Department of Public Works has been under pressure to take action to remedy the situation to no avail.

Public lighting at level crossings has been shown to reduce nighttime collisions between vehicles and trains.

In modern countries, railways set up manual and electric crossing barriers to block road traffic from the railway tracks.

Although clear and simple signage may suffice for level crossings in sparsely populated areas, intersections with heavy traffic today often have active warning systems, which include electric gates, flashing lights and warning bells that go off when an approaching train stumbles onto a nearby track. circuit.

The Mercedes Benz involved in the crash on Sunday morning
The occupants of the vehicle were pronounced dead on Sunday

It is understood the couple were retiring after hanging out at a nightclub in the city. The Uganda Railways Corporation said the incident happened at 3:33 a.m.

“Today at 03:30, an accident involving our locomotive and a sedan occurred in Nakawa. The incident is being investigated by @PoliceUg and our greatest cooperation is guaranteed,” URC tweeted Sunday morning.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims of this unfortunate incident. We are also committed to ensuring the safety of all road users who interact with our trains. »

How to avoid accidents at level crossings

Drivers are always advised to slow down when approaching a level crossing. Trains can arrive at any time from any direction and it takes a long time for a train to stop.

Never drive around, under or through a railroad gate when it is lowered, lowered or raised. It is illegal and dangerous. If your vehicle stalls on the tracks, evacuate the vehicle immediately. Do not stop in the middle of the tracks.

Concentrate – it’s easy to get distracted, especially by phones, music and conversations. Never run a train to a level crossing. Avoid changing gears while crossing the tracks.

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