Five people have been confirmed dead following a road that occurred in Njeru municipality, along the Kampala-Jinja highway.
The accident involved a Mbale-bound commuter taxi registration number UBL 838U and a Fuso booster registration number UBB 895H which was ferrying cement from Kayunga district to Jinja. It is said that the Fuso driver lost control and rammed into a commuter taxi just 500 meters from the Nile bridge.
Two passengers of the taxi died on the spot while three others were confirmed dead on arrival at the Jinja Hospital’s emergency ward and seven others sustained serious injuries. The taxi had 15 people on board, 14 of them passengers travelling from Kampala to Mbale.
Robert Musisi, one of the eyewitnesses blamed the accident on the absence of a strategic roundabout and traffic lights at the junction connecting the old and new Nile Bridges. Similarly, Ruth Namande, a roadside fruit vendor, says that the Nile stage junction has become a blackspot registering about five accidents on a monthly basis.
Patrick Isiko, a motorcyclist argues that Kayunga road largely attracts heavy traffic from the old bridge, Nile bridge and the Jinja-Kampala highway, which over time causes congestion along the main junction. He observes an urgent need for redesigning the area as a means of controlling accidents.
Sezibwa Regional Police Spokesperson Hellen Butoto says that the driver is currently on the run, but preliminary findings indicate that the accident resulted from reckless driving. Butoto adds that traffic police personnel are tracing family members of the deceased persons