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Four killed after truck loaded with matooke overturns in Kassanda

The killer Fuso Fighter motor vehicle at the accident scene in Kassanda where four people died and three others sustained serious injuries

KASSANDA, (UG): Four people died on the spot and three others were seriously injured in a Kassanda fatal accident after a Fuso truck loaded with matooke lost control and overturned in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

The nasty road crash occurred at around 03:00 AM at Myanzi Trading Centre along the Mubende-Mityana highway in the central Ugandan district.

According to Wamala Regional Police Spokesperson, Ms Kawala Racheal, preliminary investigations indicate that the killer vehicle, a black Fuso Fighter, Reg No UAY 415C, loaded with matooke and heading towards Kampala from Mubende, experienced a brake failure.

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“It is alleged that the vehicle lost control and overturned, resulting in the instantaneous death of four occupants and injuring three. At present, the identities of the deceased remain to be confirmed,” ASP Kawala said in a Sunday morning police statement.

She identified the injured victims as below:

  1. Nambusi Grace, 40 years old, a resident of Namasuba – Kikajo, Wakiso District.
  2. Bright Patrick, 34 years old, a business person residing in Kibiri-Busabaala, Wakiso District.
  3. Nadunga Lydia, 42 years old, a businesswoman residing in Kalerwe.

The injured individuals according to the regional police PRO were taken to Mityana Hospital for necessary medical care while police thoroughly documented and examined the scene of the incident to establish the real cause of the accident.

Additionally, the bodies of the deceased have been transported to Kassanda Health Center IV mortuary, awaiting postmortem examinations.

Kawala said the Fuso truck involved in the accident has been towed to Myanzi Police Station pending an Inspection of Vehicles (IOV) assessment.

“Such tragic accidents underscore the vital importance of responsible driving and urged the drivers to ensure the vehicles they operate are in optimal mechanical condition,” Kawala said.

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She further reminded the drivers to “not only operate their vehicles prudently but also to ensure the maintenance and functionality of critical systems such as brakes before embarking on their journeys.”

“Our thoughts are with the victims and their families during this difficult time. Police urge all drivers to prioritize not only their safety but also that of their passengers and fellow road users,” she added.

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