Three people perish in two separate accidents along Iganga-Tororo highway

Iganga, (UG): The Territorial Police in Iganga District are investigating tragic incidents in which three people lost lives in two separate road crashes along the Iganga-Tororo highway.

In one separate incident, two people lost their lives on Wednesday afternoon in a fatal crash that occurred near Nakavule roundabout in Iganga town along the highway.

The accident involved a Motorcycle Bajaj Boxer of registration number UFL 051A and a fuel tank Mercedes Benz registration number KCH 257R/ ZD 9121 which were all travelling in the same direction towards Tororo side according to Busoga East police spokesperson SSP Diana Nandawula.

Nandawula identified the deceased as Byekwaso Ivan, 20, the passenger on the motorcycle who died on spot and a resident of Sango in Namayingo district and Sabasi Mbatya, 22, the rider who succumbed to injuries on Wednesday evening from Iganga General Hospital.

The preliminary police findings indicate that the accident happened when the boda boda cyclist was trying to overtake a trailer which was taking the same direction and lost control after hitting the car rears, hence falling into the tires of the trailer which crashed the passenger on the boda boda dead and severely injured the rider who later passed on at Iganga hospital.

“The cause of the accident is that the boda boda rider who was heading to Nakalama side tried to overtake the fuel trailer and hit on its rears before falling in the tyres which smashed the passenger on the boda boda as well as injuring the rider,” Ms. Nandawula added in the afternoon statement on Wednesday.

The trailer and the motorcycle which were involved in the accident were towed to Iganga central police station pending thorough investigation into the incident.

In a second incident, the territorial police in Manafwa District registered a fatal in which a 26-year-old boda boda cyclist was smashed beyond recognition by a truck after losing control and fell into its tyres on Wednesday afternoon.

The rider died on spot while the passenger on the boda boda and truck driver survived with injuries.

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The accident occurred at Bumuhana cell, Butiru town council along Manafwa-Lwakhakha road at around 1pm and the truck driver survived with injuries and now receiving treatment.

The deceased was identified as Kimaluli Anthony, 26, a resident of Bukimaluli village, Bumwangu parish, Mayanza Sub County in Manafwa district and the truck driver currently receiving treatment was identified as Bilton Mutinda Mutua male adult a Kenyan by nationality. This was confirmed by Elgon regional police publicist SP Rogers Taitika in a Wednesday statement.

“The Motor cycle involved was a Bajaj boxer registration number UFS 976U Bajaj rider by (late)  Kimaluli Anthony male adult 26 years old, a boda boda rider and a resident of Bukimaluli village , Bumwangu Parish Mayanza Sub County Manafwa District, and Ahowo truck registration number KDP 150L/ZC 3752,” SP Taitika said.

Another victim of the accident who survived with injuries and now receiving treatment at Chrisco Hospital Butiru is a one Remmy, male adult 20 years old Gishu and a student. He is a resident of Busimamu village, Bukhofu parish, Mayanza Sub County in Manafwa District. He was the passenger on the boda boda.

SP Taitika said; “It’s alleged that both the Motor vehicle and motorcycle were following the same direction from Manafwa to Lwakhakha and the rider of motorcycle dodged to knock the pedal cyclist who is alleged to have stopped in pedestrian path and in the process, he hit on rear tyres of a trailer. He lost control and fell into the tyres and smashed the head beyond recognition and injuring a passenger on the motorcycle.”

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The Motor vehicle involved was intercepted at Lwakhakha Traffic check point and currently parked at Lwakhakha police station pending collection and the driver was arrested by Lwakhakha police and now pending transfer.

“The body was picked and delivered to city mortuary by police and the motorcycle is currently parked at CPS pending inspection after obtaining witness statement. Inquiries at hand,” Taitika said.

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