KAMULI–Five people are confirmed dead and 10 others critically injured in an accident that occurred yesterday night along Kamuli-Jinja High way.
The 9:30pm accident at Kabukye in Kamuli Municipality occurred when a taxi UAN 609U rammed into a tractor UAH 050P that was carrying sugarcane to Kamuli sugar factory.
According to eyewitnesses the tractor had no head lamps and the driver was only using his phone to light the way.
Three people died on spot while two others died on arrival at Kamuli Health Center IV.
Among the deceased include Annet Kayanga Yokana Isabirye and Dan Waiswa, the driver of the ill-fated taxi while those in critical condition include Paul Isabirye, Gerald Kaize, Bulo Faisal and Immaculate Nangobi.
Others are Kezia Namireme, Emmanuel Nkaayi, Winnie Nabirye, Joan Mukisa and Edward Mugere.
Drivers operating in Kamuli Taxi Park revealed that the deceased taxi driver was not trained and was until recently working as a conductor.
“The taxi belongs to Kaise Bulo who operates in Jinja Taxi Park and he has a tendency of giving it away to his turn boy and this could have contributed to the accident,” a driver who did not want to be named said.
Michael Kasadha, the Busoga North region police spokes person, confirmed the incident and called upon motorists to observe traffic rules and always keep their vehicles in good mechanical condition.
Kasadha said the cause of the accident is yet to be identified. He also revealed that the tractor driver escaped as the mob attempted to burn the killer tractor.