MASAKA, UGANDA: Police in Masaka has confirmed six of its officers have been admitted at Masaka regional referral hospital after a patrol car they were traveling in got involved in a nasty accident.
The accident occurred on Friday morning at Kidda Village, in Masaka City along Masaka- Kidda road when a speeding police patrol truck of registration number UP 5561 lost control and slipped off the road injuries six policemen on board.
Reports gathered by this website by press time confirm that two of the officers are in critical condition while the rest sustained minor injuries.
According to eyewitnesses, the patrol vehicle in which the policemen were traveling was pursuing a car that had refused to stop at a checkpoint that had been mounted on Masaka- Kidda road.
Ronald Mutabazi, one of the eyewitnesses says the speeding police vehicle failed to negotiate a sharp corner at Kidda Village and the car veered off the road falling into a nearby trench.
Another eyewitness, Andrew Mwanje said; “We were at the stage when a speeding Premio passed us, and then we saw a police truck going after it before suddenly veering off the road.”
The southern regional police spokesperson, Mr. Muhamad Nsubuga, confirmed the incident saying the police officers had rushed to Masaka Hospital for treatment and are in stable condition.
Nsubuga, however, dismissed claims that the police vehicle was pursuing a motorist who had refused to stop at a police checkpoint.
“The police truck was involved in a minor crash after the braking system got a mechanical problem but it did not hit anyone, in the process it just lost a rear mirror but it’s not true that they were chasing anyone,” he said.
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