WAKISO, UGANDA: At least five people died on the spot and several others injured in a Saturday evening accident after a truck lost control and crashed into five vehicles parked at Buloba Forest Park, along Kampala-Mityana road.
The 8pm nasty accident occurred when a Scania Truck registration number UAX628S Scania loaded with parked water from Kampala side heading to Mityana, had a tyre burst and lost control, hence ramming into five motor vehicles at the place.
The Traffic Police Spokesperson Ms Faridah Nampiima identified the five motor vehicles crashed by the truck as; UBE613E Toyota Hiace , UAR 175W Isuzu Elf, UAX783F Mitsubishi Pajero and UFL 384D Bajaj Boxer.
“The Traffic police at Buloba Police station, has today evening 01/04/2023 at around 20:00/c registered a fatal accident at Buloba Forest Park which has claimed lives of five people,” said Ms Nampiima in a Traffic Police Statement.
The deceased included two passengers from motor vehicle reg no UAV 515J, two other occupants of vehicle No UBE 613E Toyota Hiace and a Boda boda rider.
Ms Nampiima explained that an unidentified number of victims have been rushed to Mulago Hospital in Kampala for medical help.
“Inquiries into the matter are underway and more details will be availed in due course,” she further noted.
Saturday’s accident happened at the same spot (Buloba Forest Park) where three other people belonging to the family of retired Supreme Court judge, Paul Mugamba. perished in December last year after a semi-trailer lost control and hit three vehicles including a Toyota Wish, Hilux and Harrier.
Mugamba’s family members were travelling from Fort Portal to Kampala after the Christmas holiday when a trailer rammed into their vehicle, a Toyota Harrier registration number UBH 008G at the Forest Park.
The spot at Buloba which has a slope is synonymous with accidents as several people have perished from there.
Because of the slope, most crashes that happen at the spot happen more or less the same way as drivers lose control of the vehicles and ram into other vehicles including boda bodas.
The Annual Crime Report 2022 released a month ago indicated that Uganda last year registered 20,394 cases of road accidents in 2022 compared to 17,443 registered in 2021.
According to the report, out of every 100 crashes, 22 people died while 61 per cent of all accidents were as a result of reckless driving.
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