60 escape unhurt as bus hits roundabout
Posted Wednesday, January 23 2013 at 02:00
Averting danger. Disaster minister says he will talk to city authorities to have the Subway restaurant relocated to avoid future accidents
Over 60 passengers travelling on a Mbale-bound bus escaped unhurt when the bus they were travelling in got involved in an accident after it rammed into the roundabout near Parliament and Rwenzori Towers, in Kampala.
A Teso coach bus failed to negotiate a corner at the Subway Restaurant and rammed into the strong pavement that held the vehicle back, preventing it from falling into the deeply-located hangout.
Mr Daniel Onyango, one of the survivors, attributed the accident to driver’s recklessness.
“We delayed in jam and when vehicles started to move, the driver, sought to catch up with time by starting the bus with a lot of speed, neglecting the road humps. All of a sudden I saw the bus failing to negotiate the corner and heading straight into the restaurant,” Mr Onyango narrated.
Disaster Preparedness State Minister Musa Ecweru, who arrived at the scene shortly after the accident, said his office would hold a meeting with KCCA and find a lasting solution to accidents at the Subway Restaurant.
“My office has realised that this corner is becoming a threat to travellers. This is a fourth accident in a row,” he said. “I will speak to KCCA and see how we can relocate this restaurant.”
The traffic officer, Mr Israel Wabesyo, said the Police would take the bus for inspection to ascertain its conditions to establish the exact cause of the accident.
“Every road sign is in place, we can’t tell what caused the accident,” he said.