15 market vendors die as truck overturns in Kassanda

Onlookers and a police truck at the crash scene where a truck overturned in Namilyango village along Mityana-Bukuya Road on June 19, 2024. PHOTOS/ BARBRA NALWEYISO

What you need to know:

  • Over 50 vendors were aboard the ill-fated truck  

At least 15 market vendors have been confirmed dead after a truck they were travelling in overturned in Namilyango village along Mityana-Bukuya Road.

Wamala region police spokesperson, SP Racheal Kawala said the 1:30 pm road crash happened when the driver of an Isuzu Forward truck, registration number UBA 605A which was traveling from Mityana Town to Bukuya with market vendors on board lost control on the slope before the car overturned several times.
“The driver, who has not been identified, lost control of the vehicle on a slope, causing it to overturn, resulting in the death of 11 people on the spot. Four others died in hospital,” she said.
 An unspecified number of other vendors sustained serious injuries and were rushed to Mityana Hospital and Bukuya Health Centre IV for treatment.

Onlookers at the crash scene. Photo/ Enock Matovu 

“The crash scene was visited by traffic officers, and the bodies of the deceased were conveyed to Mityana hospital mortuary for post-mortem examination.  The vehicle has been towed to Kassanda Police Station for further inspection,” Ms Kawala added.
According to her, more inquiries are ongoing to determine the cause of the accident.


Mr Frank Muyimbwa, Chairperson of the market vendors in Mityana said the truck was transporting 55 market vendors from Mityana Town to Lubaali market in Bukuya Sub-county, Kassanda District.
“We are yet to get the details and identities of the victims but the business community in Mityana Town is in great shock. This is a sad moment,” he said.

An eyewitness, Mr Isma Ssesanga, a resident of Namilyango village said they used motorcycles to transport the injured to health facilities before police arrived with an ambulance.
“We evacuated more than 50 injured people yet 11 people died on the spot. This means that the truck was carrying more than 60 people. The injured had fractured bones and were in deep pain as we pulled them from the wreckage of the truck,” Mr Isma Ssendagire, another resident and eyewitness at Namilyango village said.