NAKASONGOLA- Police have identified the four people who died in a road accident at Wabiyonjo village, Nakasongola District on the Kampala-Gulu highway on Tuesday night.
The accident involved a Toyota Hiace van Reg No UBD 061D, belonging to Crown Beverages Limited, a Mitsubishi Truck Reg No UAX 182F and a motorcycle.
Those who died on spot are Ivan Buyinza and Bernard Bakobe Ssekeba who were riding on a motorcycle. Others are Jamil Ndaula, a resident of Kalungu District and Samuel Nasasira, a resident of Kiruhura District. They were travelling in the truck.
The truck was transporting about 650 chickens from Quantu Foods Uganda, a poultry farm located in Masindi District, according to Savanah Region Police spokesperson, ASP Paul Kangave.
All the birds died.
The driver of the truck identified as Muzafal Ssali, who escaped with grave injuries was Tuesday transferred to Mulago National Referral Hospital from the UPDF General Hospital at Nakasongola Air Defence Division.
The Crown Beverages Company van was being transported to Gulu for the on-going Pepsi promotion dubbed ‘Twangula’ according to police at Nakasongola Central Police Station.
Police say the driver of the speeding van reportedly tried to dodge a pothole but lost control and crashed into the on-coming motorcycle and the truck.
The Mr Johnson Ssejjemba, a relative of the two brothers who were riding on a motorcycle told the Daily Monitor that he heard a loud bang which prompted him to rush to the scene.
“I did not know that our children who had just left Wabigalo Trading Centre to Wabiyonjo village were victims of the accident,” Mr Ssejjemba said on Wednesday.
Mr Tonny Muyombya, an advocate attached to Baale and Partners said the occupants of the truck were employees of Kigobero Chicken Suppliers located in Kabowa, Kampala city.
Meanwhile, police are yet to identify the runaway driver of the “Twangula” van.