MUBENDE, UGANDA: At least 23 people have been injured after a Link Bus Reg No UKF 967K overturned along the Fort Portal – Kampala Highway in Mubende district.
The accident occurred at around 2.00 am in the wee hours of Tuesday morning at a place called Gwanika en route to Kampala from Kasese district, Western Uganda.
According to eyewitnesses, the driver reportedly lost control of the bus causing it to overturn several times injuring the passengers aboard in the process.
Passengers who sustained severe injuries were rushed to Mubende hospital and others to private health facilities for treatment.
Some of the injured passengers have been identified as; Precious Tumwinyare, Wilson Asaba, Walter Muhindo, Cissy Isingoma, Eden Katungo, Denis Bwambale, Kennedy Mumbere, Gerald Byomuhamgi, and Boniface Babala. Others are Hope Abraham, Amon Akugizibwe, Angel Birungi, Esther Kavira, Musa Farouk, Kombi Mugoya and Bwambale Celestine.
The Mubende district traffic officer Mr Amos Atamba attributed the bus accident to smoke from a plywood factory in Nabbingola which might have covered the road and blurred the driver’s vision.
Last year, 25 people perished in a fatal accident involving a Link Bus at Sebitoli along the Fort Portal-Kampala highway in Busoro sub-county.
Following the crash, a joint team comprising Ministry of Works and Transport officials, police, and Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) was established to find out the cause of the accident.
According to the findings, the cause of the accident was overspeeding.
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