BUGIRI – Eight people died and others were seriously injured on Sunday morning after a bus belonging to Modern Coast collided with a trailer in Busowa Town Council in Bugiri District on the Jinja-Tororo highway.
According to police, the passenger bus, on its way to Kampala from Kenya, collided with the trailer that lost control and veered to the side of the road where the bus was.
Those killed were six passengers in the bus, and the driver and turn man of the trailer.
The injured are admitted to several hospitals in Bugiri and Iganga hospitals.
“We are yet to identify the exact cause of the accident because we picked some bottles of waragi in the trailer and suspect that the driver was drunk,” the officer-in-charge of traffic at Bugiri Police Station, Mr Hopkins Twesiga, said.
Police took the bodies to Bugiri Hospital mortuary.
The accident comes four days after seven people were killed last Wednesday morning after a bus belonging to Roblyn Coaches rammed into a stationary truck at Namayonjo village in Nakasongola District.
Acceding to Traffic Directorate spokesperson Charles Ssebambulidde, the bus was heading to Kampala from Kitgum when it encountered a stationary truck that had developed a technical problem, leading to the accident at around 1am.
Mr Christopher Ssendijja, the Officer in Charge Nakasongola Police Station said 5 people died on the spot while two of the victims died as they were being rushed to hospital.
Five people on August 27 died on spot following an accident involving a bus and a commuter taxi at Kyabadaaza on Masaka-Kampala highway.
According to witnesses, the incident happened after a bus belonging to Global Coaches LTD on it’s way to Mbarara collided head-on with a taxi from Masaka.
The bus, registration number UAZ 581U, was overtaking a truck on a climbing lane before, it rammed into the taxi, registration number UBA 969W.
The incident came nine days after 10 people are died in a road accident involving a commuter taxi and a bus at Busembatia on Tirinyi-Mbale Road on August 18. The accident occured after the bus belonging to YY Coaches LTD, which was heading to Mbale had a head-on collision with a commuter taxi. All the 10 passengers in the taxi are reported to have died on spot.
Mr Eratu Ojukuna, the Namutumba District Police Commander, blamed the accident on the bus driver who was reportedly trying to overtake.
The accident came six days after a bus belonging to the same bus company overturned, killing two people on spot and leaving another 40 injured
The bus overturned on the Iganga-Bugiri highway last Monday evening.
The bus, registration number UAQ 906 T, belonging to Y.Y Coaches Ltd, was on its way from Kampala to Mbale when the accident happened at around 5pm. Some of the injured, who included university students, sustained broken limbs and were rushed to Iganga Hospital.