Several feared dead as taxi overturns along Masaka-Kampala road

Several feared dead as taxi overturns along Masaka-Kampala road
Three people have been reported dead and seven others rushed to hospital in critical condition following an accident along Masaka-Kampala road

Several people are feared dead and others admitted with critical injuries following a motor accident along Masaka-Kampala highway. The accident occurred on Monday 1st, October at around 11:30am in Kalandazi, one of black spots in Lwera on the out skits of Buwama Town in Mpigi District.

According to information obtained by this publication, the accident occurred after an Omni bus taxi registration UBE 689B plying the Kyotera-Masaka-Kampala got a tyre burst and lost control before overturning in the middle of the road.

Tom Mugerwa, a resident of Buwama says they heard a blast and rushed to see what had happened. “We rushed there, only to find several people crying for help, some had been trapped inside and many where crawling on the road bleeding,” Mugerwa said.

He says they saw three passengers lying on ground whom they suspect have died in the accident. On the contrary, Joab Wabwire, the Mpigi District Police Commander, says by the time the first traffic response team arrived at the scene, none of the victims had died.

He says they rushed six people who had sustained critical injures to Nkozi Hospital. “Some might have died from the hospital according to their situation, but I can’t confirm this right now. May be afterwards. We have even not known who these victims are since our primary objective was to save lives the rest we will see them later,” Wabwire noted.

This is the third fatal accident along Kampala-Masaka highway in a space of three weeks. Last weekend, one person died on spot and six others were critically injured following a head on collusion involving a cement truck and sand truck near Mpanga forest reserve.

Five people other people were killed and another injured in an accident at Kibukuta swamp near Buwama Town Council in Mpigi District mid last month. According to the annual Traffic and Road Safety report, more than 3,000 people were killed and another 10,000 picked injuries of varying degrees in 13,244 road accidents last year.

Police attributes most accidents to human errors like reckless and careless driving. These jointly accounted for 72 per cent of the fatal accidents.