KAMPALA. Three people have been confirmed dead and five others injured in an accident in Mazaba trading centre, about 8 kilometres to Namutumba town, when a commuter taxi and Noah vehicle collided head-on at around 4:30pm.
The driver of the Noah vehicle, who was reported to be on the run by press time, was overtaking a stationary vehicle when it crashed in the oncoming Kampala-bound mini-bus.
“The accident was caused by reckless driving...driver should not speed,” said Mr Stephen Magoma, the police officer in-charge traffic in Namutumba District.
Preliminary findings based on physical inspection of the vehicle suggest the Noah was not roadworthy, he said.
All its occupants survived almost unhurt and the driver took off.
Of the three taxi passengers who perished, police was able to only identify Catherine Nandudu, a resident of Katali village in Sironko District. The other two deceased had no identification documents.
Police transferred the dead bodies to Namutumba Health Centre III while the injured, some seriously, were taken to Iganga Hospital for further management.
The injured included two baby girls; one seven-months-old and the other 14-months-old. Police named them as Phionah Nekesa and Shamidu Milinda whose mothers Nubu Tibiwali and Dorcus Namanja, respectively, survived with injuries. Police named the fifth injured passenger as Harriet Kissa.
Today’s (Sunday’s) crash on the eastern Tirinyi highway happened five days after Toroma County Member of Parliament Cyrus Amodoi, who was buried today, together with nine other passengers perished in an accident on Jinja highway on Tuesday involving three vehicles.