The police in Namutumba District, also responded to a traffic head-on collision between a YY bus under registration number UAY 852F and commuter taxi, under registration number UAV 689X.
The incident occurred at around 6.40 pm, at Bukonte village, (located 5 kms from Namutumba and 25 kms from Iganga), along the Iganga-Namutumba Highway.
The preliminary facts indicate that the driver to the taxi dangerously overtook another commuter taxi that was also heading towards Namutumba from Iganga.
The taxi crashed into the bus in the opposite lane, killing 9 passengers instantly, and injured 4 others critically.
The accident also claimed the life of a cyclist, who succumbed to the injuries at a nearby clinic, and further injured two other victims on a bodaboda motorcycle under registration number UDS 126N.
The bodies to the 10 deceased persons were transferred to Iganga Referral Hospital for post mortem examination as well as the 6 injured victim’s better treatment.
All the passengers in the bus had no injuries and efforts are already in place to track down the driver who is on the run, to help in investigations.
“Our sympathies go out to both the victims and their families in both incidents,” said police spokesperson, CP Fred Enanga.
He strongly condemned the acts of motorists who put the lives of others in danger due to recklessness.
“This is because most of the crash and collision traffic incidents on our roads primarily occur due to bad decisions by drivers.”
He said sensitization and awareness programs by the Directorate of Traffic and Road Safety, are ongoing countrywide, for transport owners and their drivers, for them to know that truck and bus driving, requires enough rest and vehicles in good mechanical condition, for the safety of drivers.
The awareness campaign and operations, is also targeting drink and drug driving, speeding, distraction, use of seatbelts and driving permits to help prevent such occurrences.