Dozens die in Sunday road accidents

Several lives were lost in two separate road accidents on Sunday in the west and east of the country.

The first accident of the day was at Kyambura trading centre, in Rubirizi district along the Mbarara – Kasese highway claimed at least 10 lives but the numbers are feared to rise.

The accident was blamed on a fuel tanker headed for the Democratic Republic of Congo that lost control and rammed into two commuter taxis and a saloon car before exploding into flames, killing several people instantly.

According to eyewitnesses, the fire engulfed three other cars which also exploded burning almost the entire trading centre.

“The stream of liquid fire from the fuel burnt about 25 small shops over a stretch of over 30 metres,” Police spokesman Fred Enanga said.

Kyambura trading centre engulfed by fire flames

Although locals accuse the police of taking long to arrive at the scene, Enanga said that the police’s firefighting teams from Bushenyi and Kasese responded and prevented the fire from spreading further.

The place was cordoned off overnight by police and the UPDF to allow the security agencies to continue with the search for more bodies.

Enanga said that the charred bodies were
transported to Rugazi Health Centre for further post mortem analysis and DNA profiling.

“We urge relatives who could have lost their loved ones to visit the Health centre and avail samples for DNA profiling, better identification and matching of the deceased persons,” Enanga said.

In another grisly accident, 10 people were confirmed to have died after a head-on collision involving a YY bus registration number UAY 852F and commuter taxi registration number UAV 689X at Bukonte in Namutumba district along the Tirinyi highway.

The police blame the accident on the taxi driver who “dangerously” overtook another commuter taxi that was also heading towards Namutumba from Iganga.

The wreckage of the killer commuter taxi

“The taxi crashed into the bus in the opposite lane, killing 9 passengers instantly, and injured 4 others critically. It also claimed the life of a cyclist, who succumbed to injuries at a nearby clinic,” Enanga said.

Two other persons on a motorcycle registration number UDS 126N escaped with injuries.

None of the passengers in the bus was injured.