IGANGA, UGANDA: Police in Iganga has launched investigations into three separate road crashes which claimed three lives in two days. The crashes in question occurred on Thursday and Friday this week at Buseyi, Walugogo and Butende all along the Tororo-Iganga highway.
Busoga East police spokesperson SP Diana Nandawula confirmed that the Thursday accident at Buseyi involved a Toyota double cabin registration number UBK 226D heading to Tororo side and a trailer registration KDG 699S/ZG 3664 which was headed to Kampala, killing a one John Balisigala a resident of Entebbe in Wakiso district who was occupying the co-drivers seat in a double cabin.
The driver of the cabin who was identified as Mabonga Joash sustained injuries and was rushed to Iganga general hospital at Nakavule for treatment.
Preliminary police findings indicate that the accident happened when the double cabin driver was speeding and recklessly tried to overtake a tractor which was in front of them and noticed an oncoming trailer before crashing by the side of the co-driver.
By press time, police had on Thursday parked the double cabin at police as investigations continue, however, the trailer which was involved in the crash overturned into a steep valley and the breakdown tried to retrieve it on Friday but in vain.
Another accident which occurred yesterday (Friday) morning claimed one person at Walugogo after Iganga town along the Iganga-Jinja highway.
The tragic accident involved a Tata lorry registration number UBG 347D which crashed with Fuso registration number UBL 303S killing the Fuso driver on spot.
The deceased (Fuso driver) was identified as Mpala Ayasi, 48, a resident of Buseyi village, Nakalama sub-county in Iganga district but the details of the lorry driver were still scanty.
“The accident which occurred at around 5 am, involved a Tata lorry UBG 347D which veered off its lane and crashed with a Fuso registration number UBK 303S, killing its driver on spot. The details of the lorry driver have not yet been established,” Ms Nandawula said before adding that the accident was due to reckless driving.
Meanwhile, another road crash occurred at night on Friday happened at Butende in the Bugweri district along the Iganga-Tororo highway also claiming one person. The night crash involved a trailer which was moving from the Tororo side to the Iganga side and knocked dead a yet-to-be-identified insane man.
The chairperson LC1 Butende village Mr Mwandha Mawazi Kawolo told DailyExpress that the accident occurred at around 8:30 pm on Friday night.
“It was at around 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm on Friday when an insane man abruptly entered the road at Butende and he was knocked dead by the trailer which was from Tororo to Iganga. The trailer driver struggled to save him but in vain as it veered off the road and overturned in the process,” Mr Mwandha said.
The three areas where the accidents occurred are among the black spots along the country’s busy highway as a number of people have perished resulting from various road crashes.
Police has always advised road users to be disciplined and have respect for one another while on different routes in the country.
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