KYANKWANZI – Seven people perished and six others sustained serious injuries after the truck they were moving in overturned on the Kampala-Hoima highway in the wee hours of Monday morning.
According to police, the tipper, Registration Number UAZ 812H, was transporting traders from Nansana Municipality in Wakiso District to Kyankwanzi District to buy cassava when it lost control and veered off the road, rolling several times. The accident occurred at around 4 am near Beatrice International Secondary School, about 400 metres from Masodde Trading Centre
Some of the deceased are said to have lost arms, heads and legs. The injured are equally in a bad shape and have been rushed to Kiboga Hospital.
“The information we have gathered so far indicate that all the victims were coming from Nansana in Wakiso District heading to Ntwetwe Town in Kyankwanzi District to buy cassava. The driver was speeding and he lost control of the truck and swerved off the road,” said Kyankwanzi District police commander John Mwawule.
Police could not immediately identify the victims since the latter did not have any identification documents at the time of the accident.
Accidents have been on the rise in recent months.
On September 15, eight people died and others were seriously injured after a bus belonging to Modern Coast collided with a trailer in Busowa Town Council in Bugiri District on the Jinja-Tororo highway.
Those killed were six passengers in the bus, and the driver and turn man of the trailer.
Four days earlier, seven people were killed 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.
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 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.