IGANGA, UGANDA: One person has perished and two others are nursing severe wounds after an accident that occurred on Wednesday night in Nabirye village, Nakalama sub-county in Iganga district along Iganga-Tirinyi road.
The accident involved a Taxi [Tube] registration number UAU 425D which collided with a stationery Isuzu truck, UAY 120U loaded with sugarcane.
The deceased has been identified as Wabigadha Harunah, 63, a resident of Budaka district who was driving the Taxi.
The Taxi had three occupants including the driver [now deceased], his conductor identified as Ngamba Richard also a resident of Budaka district, and one passenger who was not identified by press time.
One of the eyewitnesses, Mugabi Godfrey told this channel that the accident occurred after the taxi driver trying to overtake a Fuso which had made a double parking with the sugarcane truck hence crashing.
Another eyewitness, Amuri Mugweri says that the Fuso which later disappeared after the accident was parked poorly covering halfway the taxi lane and the taxi driver was trying to dodge it before crushing into the sugarcane truck.
The injured conductor and passenger were rushed to Iganga general hospital at Nakavule in critical condition and the body was taken to hospital mortuary for postmortem.
The chairperson of Taxi drivers in Budaka district, Nasaaga Moses Musa condemned the continuous habits of non-gazzeted parking by truck drivers saying that it has caused many accidents on most roads.
Busoga East police Spokesperson, Daina Nandawula confirmed the accident citing that preliminary investigations indicates that overspending and trying to overtake, by the taxi driver caused the accident.
Nandawula said the wreckages of the two vehicles had been towed to Iganga Central Police Station as police continue to hunt for the truck driver and the alleged Fuso vehicle which made double parking.
She said that thorough investigations have started to establish the cause of the accident.
Meanwhile, the DailyExpress has understood that Wabigadha’s body was later handed over to a team of Taxi drivers and relatives from Budaka to proceed with burial arrangements.