Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Two people have been knocked dead and three others injured when a police truck lost control and knocked several vehicles and motorcycles along the road in Nsambya, a suburb of Kampala.
The Hino truck registration number UP 5638 failed to brake and rammed into three motor vehicles Registration numbers UAX 851J, UBD 944J, UAS 427S and three motorcycles, all with passengers. The accident happened at Nsambya Sharing junction this afternoon.
Rogers Kabogoza, one of the people who participated in the rescue of survivors said that the two people who died on spot were bodaboda passengers.
Some Boda-boda cyclists near Nsambya sharing junction told our reporter that they nearly survived the accident because they were found staged close to the same spot. They however blame the accident on reckless driving.
Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire says that the deceased persons have only been identified as Bakulumpagi and Abdul Rahakim. Owoyesigyire said that police have since established that the truck driver was driving under the influence of alcohol.
At least 3,880 people died in road accidents in 2019 while 9,635 survived with serious injuries. Another 1,175 got minor injuries, according to Traffic police records. The leading causes of traffic deaths and injuries include overspeeding, drunken driving, distractions to drivers, and non-adherence to traffic lanes.