Uganda: Five Killed in Another Masaka Road Accident

At least three people including traffic police boss have been confirmed dead, nine others critically injured and more than 50 survived with minor body injuries after six vehicles crashed at Mukoko village, Bukulula in Kalungu District along the Kampala-Masaka highway

At least five people including traffic police boss have been confirmed dead, nine others critically injured and more than 50 survived with minor body injuries after six vehicles crashed at Mukoko village, Bukulula in Kalungu District along the Kampala-Masaka highway.

Mr. Hassan Ssekalema, the officer in charge of traffic and road safety in Masaka District identified the deceased officer as Inspector of Police Deogratius Kweyamba, who has been the District Traffic Officer in Kalungu District.

Details about the two others were still scanty by press time but one of them was a turn boy of one of the vehicles that involved in the accident.

"The accident was caused by mist, overspeed and recklessness of the drivers," Mr. Ssekalema confirmed to the Daily Monitor at the scene of the accident.

The nasty accident which occurred Sunday at around 4:00am involved two buses; a Jaguar registration number UAT 728F that was coming from Kampala heading to Kigali in Rwanda and a Volcano registration number RAD 793B heading to Kampala.

According to Ms Prossy Nambuusi, an eyewitness, the two buses collided after one of them moved from its climbing lane to the other.

Mr Ssekalema said the traffic dead officer, had rushed to the bus accident scene when he got knocked by a speeding vehicle Fuso registration number UAT 262T carrying cement and died on spot.

"He was with one of our colleagues Sgt Kiiza, a detective attached to Bukulula police post who was seriously injured," he added.

Also other vehicles involved in the accident included a trailer, a Double Cabin registration number UAD 712Z and a Fuso carrying Riham sodas registration number UAV 860B.

"All these vehicles collided due to speeding," Mr. Ssekalema said.

However, riot police used teargas to disperse residents who were trying to rob the accident victims.

"He (the Deceased police officer) called me on phone to come and help him because he couldn't manage the situation [at the accident scene] by then. But before reaching the scene, I got another call from another policeman that the car had killed my friend. I will miss him. He mentored me and he is the one who encouraged me to join the police force," a vividly helpless Ssekalema added.

All wreckages of the vehicles were towed to Masaka Central Police Station while the bodies of the deceased and the injured persons were taken to Masaka Regional Referral Hospital for autopsy and treatment respectively.

Death on Masaka RD

Accidents on Kampala -Masaka highway have claimed about 30 lives in the past two week. Police statistics show that at least 200 people have been killed and nearly double that number has been injured in road accidents on Kampala-Masaka highway in the last six months.

Most accidents happened at a section between Nsangi in Wakiso District and Lwera in Kalungu District, where 96 people lost their lives in motor accidents. The section between Lwera and Masaka Town came second with 79 deaths. The section between Nsangi and Kampala city recorded the rest of the deaths.

Source: The Monitor

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