At least five people are confirmed dead and three others injured in a road accident along Jinja - Iganga road this morning. An omnibus registration number UAT 875K travelling to Butaleja district had a head-on collision with a Tata lorry registration number UAR 674E near Kakira town council junction in Jinja district.
The accident occurred when an omnibus registration number UAT 875K in which they were travelling had a head-on collision with a Tata lorry registration number UAR 674E near Kakira town council junction in Jinja district.
Among the dead are Rose Nwawere, a resident of Bunga in Kampala, Peter Ofwono, a resident of Ndeeba in Kampala and two childred aged four 13 years respectively. The taxi was traveling to Busolwe in Butaleja district.
Edison Irema, South Eastern Regional traffic officer, says the bodies have been transported to Jinja regional referral hospital. The three victims still lying at the Hospital with multiple injuries include two women and one man. Irema says the 9am accident was as a result of over-speeding and reckless driving.
John Ibanda, one of the witnesses, says the lorry failed to negotiate road humps near Kakira junction after a Toyota Premio had packed by the road side. The Tata lorry driver then swerved onto the other lane trying to avoid knocking the stationary car. He knocked head-on with a taxi traveling from Jinja killing five people instantly.
Betty Naswa, one of the survivors says she has suffered knocks on the head and chest but said she was fine after getting treatment at a private clinic in Bugembe town council. She says by the time the accident occurred the taxi was at a high speed and while seated at the back, she only heard a collision followed by loud screams in the taxi.
In September 2012, 14 people died instantly in an accident in Kakira along Jinja – Iganga highway. Two vehicles and a bicycle were involved in the accident.