NYAKAHITA – The UPDF is mourning the death of one of their own who perished in a road accident on Mbarara- Masaka road on Thursday evening.
Maj Richard Karuhanga, who is from the 2nd Division Headquarters in Mbarara, died on at Akageti when the Toyota Premio he was driving collided head-on with a milk tanker from Mbarara as it branched off the high way heading to Amos Dairies at around 8:20 pm.
Rwizi Police spokesperson Samson Kasasira said the accident was caused by reckless driving.
“The tanker crossed the road abruptly, without alerting Maj. Karuhanga who was speeding on the right side and approaching the junction,” Mr Kasasira.
Despite efforts by government to end the road carnage on the Kampala-Masaka highway, many people have continued to perish on the road.
On July 31, seven people died and six others were seriously injured in a fatal accident that occurred at Kampiringisa, in Kamengo sub-county at around 3 pm. The accident involved a commuter taxi registration number UAZ 462E, which was carrying passengers from Kampala headed for Masaka. It collided head-on with a Wish vehicle number UBB 573M that was coming from Masaka headed for Kampala.
Kampiringisa is listed as one of the death corridors on the Kampala-Masaka highway and the traffic Police put a fiika Salama roadblock to deal with errant motorists who violate traffic rules. In July 2016, 22 people perished at the same spot and many others sustained serious injuries in the accident which involved three vehicles.
In May, 3 people died on spot following an accident that involved a bus and a saloon car along the Kampala –Masaka road. The accident occurred at Bukulula trading centre in Kalungu district when a Mbarara-bound bus belonging to Savanna Bus company registration number UAK 283X collided with a Toyota Corolla registration number UAP 174J.