Thursday July 31 2014

Four die in Mbale accident

By Yahudu Kitunzi

MBALE- Four people died in a Tuesday motor accident on the Mbale- Soroti highway.

The accident occurred at Namusi Trading Centre when a Teso Coach bus rammed into a Toyota Corona vehicle.

A pedestrian, Mary Nasinda, sustained injuries and was taken to hospital where she died.

The driver of the saloon car, Abubaker Kaso, and two passenger: Rajambu Muhwana and his pregnant wife Hadija Namutome, were also killed.

According to witnesses, Kaso, swerved the car in an attempt to avoid knocking Nasinda and in the process the speeding bus rammed into the saloon car.

“We suspect that the bus had a mechanical problem because it could not stop to save the occupants of the vehicle who were trying to save a pedestrian. It just crushed them,” Mr Akim Lubega,a witness, said.

Call for humps
Mr Jamada Mukoba, a resident, urged the Uganda National Road Authority to erect humps on sections of the Mbale-Soroti road near trading centres to curb accidents.

Ms Diana Nandaula, the Elgon region police spokesperson, said preliminary investigation show that the driver of the Toyota corona lost control as he was dodging the pedestrian on the road.

“The three people who were travelling in the Toyota Corona with a pregnant woman, Ms Hadija Nantome, died on spot while the pedestrian, Ms Mary Nasinda, who was from a Christian overnight prayer, also died later in the hospital,” said Ms Nandawula.

Ms Nandwaula blamed the accident on reckless driving by the both drivers, adding that the driver of the bus is on the run.

“We shall definitely charge him with causing the accident due to speeding and reckless driving, among others once arrested,” she said.