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Link Bus driver dead after ramming into stationary truck in Kyenjojo

A driver attached to Link Bus Services Ltd died on the spot in an accident registered on Tuesday evening at Mukunyu- Kyenjojo District along Kampala Fortportal highway.

The wreckage of the Link Bus that crashed into a stationary FUSo truck loaded with Timber logs on Tuesday evening, July 11, 2023

KYENJOJO, UGANDA: A driver attached to Link Bus Services Ltd died on the spot in an accident registered on Tuesday evening at Mukunyu- Kyenjojo District along Kampala-Fortportal highway.

The 7:45 pm road crash which claimed the life of Kawuwa Dauda involved the Link Bus motor vehicle of Registration number UAY 485E which lost control and rammed into a stationary truck loaded with logs of Timber.

“On 11th of July 2023, at around 19:45 hrs, an accident involving M/V UAY 485E, an Isuzu Bus belonging to Link Bus Services Co. driven by Kawawu Dauda, rammed into a stationary broken-down trailer with registration number UAV 326W, a Mercedes Benz,” SP Vincent Twesige, the Rwenzori Region Police Spokesperson said on Tuesday evening.

SP Twesige confirmed that the bus driver, Kawuwa Dauda, lost his life at the scene of accident while several other victims who survived with injuries were immediately rushed to Kyenjojo Hospital for medical attention.

Tom Alinde, the Public Relations Manager of Link Bus Services attributed the accident to failure by the Fuso truck operators to indicate an alert sign yet they had parked almost inside the road.

“I think it (Fuso Truck) had a mechanical problem and was parked somewhere on a downslope. There was nothing like an alert or warning sign to show there is a problem in a corner. So Mr Kawuwa now the late rammed into it,” Alinde told this reporter on Tuesday evening.

“He tried to save the bus, but he was very close to the lorry and the log really struck him,” he added.

This accident comes against the backdrop of increased accidents on the roads, most of which are a result of stationary trucks parked on the road.

The latest one is the fatal road crash which claimed the life of prominent businessman Apollo Nyegamahe alias Aponye who died on Thursday after his Toyota land cruiser rammed into a stationed Fuso loaded with Irish potatoes.

A day after, a former member of parliament for Otuke North in Lira District Charles Gutomoi also perished in an accident.

Following the resurgence of road accidents, the Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among earlier today directed the Uganda Police Force and Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) to tow stationed vehicles off the road.

She pointed out the case of cars that break down on the roads and stay there for more than six (6) hours, hampering movements and causing accidents.

“If we implemented the Road Act, 2019 to the letter then we would not be having all these problems. I want to urge the Minister to implement the law, especially Section 58, to tow those vehicles that break down on the road,” Ms Among said on Tuesday.

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