Family survives death after commuter taxi rams into house

Residents and family members carry household items from a house belonging to Muhmad Ali in Syamitumba Village, Busia District, after a commuter taxi rammed into it on Augsut 8, 2023. PHOTO/DAVID AWORI

BUSIA, (UG): A family of twelve people in Syamitumba Village, Dabani Sub-county, Busia District survived death after a speeding commuter taxi rammed into their house while they were asleep in the wee hours of Tuesday.

According to Bukedi South Regional Police Spokesperson, Mr Moses Mugwe, the incident happened at around 2 am and police have since embarked on investigations to establish the cause.

The conductor, who was on the steering wheel, sustained a fractured leg as the vehicle crashed into the semi-permanent house but was rushed to an unknown health facility outside Busia District.

According to one Hasfah Ali who was with her family in the house when the incident occurred, a loud bang was heard at the time of the incident and when she woke up, she was surprised to see a vehicle next to her bedroom.

“The taxi had crashed the wall into the sitting room and another (room) where my mother-in-law was sleeping. Thank God we are alive,” Hasfah was quoted by local newspaper Monitor.

Out of panic, she says she got worried that her 17-year last born Baraka Ali had been run over by the vehicle but no fatality was recorded.

Isaac Bazibu, a resident in the area claimed the taxi had dropped off passengers from Kampala in Busia Town but wanted to quickly make a return journey.

“The driver was tired and asked the conductor to drive. He (conductor) unfortunately slept off,” Bazibu said.

Home-owner Muhmad Ali decried the incident and said that they now have no shelter since most of their belongings, including furniture, utensils and food, were destroyed.

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