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Two fatal accidents in a day.



Wednesday 4th May shall ever remain in the worst memories of several Ugandans after the occurrence of two fatal bus accidents in the morning hours that claimed lives of many; men, women and children, all ruthlessly.

Widely known is the link coach accident along the Fort Portal- Kampala highway in Sebitoli which claimed 20 lives on spot; 13 adults and 7 infants. Only 4 were reported to have come out in a fair condition as several were fatally inquired with broken limbs.

Eyewitnesses said that the Link bus registration number UBA 003S, which was heading to Kampala from Bundibugyo swayed off the road and overturned several times. According to tea pickers at Sebitoli who witnessed the accident, the front tyre of the bus burst, and moments later they saw the bus knocking down the guard rails and tea thereafter overturning several times.

The other accident occurred along Mbale-Tirinyi road, at Namatala bridge in Nasenyi sub county in Budaka district. This involved two taxis registration numbers UBH 437K, UBJ 676W and a Toyota Raum Registration Number UAT 995A. In this, 5 lives were claimed and the rest badly inquired.

Police’s Traffic Directorate has on several occasions indicated that the major cause of road accidents is speeding and reckless driving. The Directorate notes that several drivers drive beyond the prescribed speed meters where small cars are not supposed to exceed 100 kilometres per hour, passenger vehicles and loaded trucks should not exceed 80 kilometres per hour.

The Traffic and Road Safety Act in section 120 states that a person convicted of violating speed limits can be fined 15 to 60 currency points (Shs300,000 to Shs 1.2 million uganda shillings). The person can be jailed for six months but not exceeding 2 years. The convict can also be subjected to both fines and jail terms where necessary.

Link bus management however has gone ahead to suspend its services for three days with effect from Thursday 5th May as it mourns for the lives of the deceased passengers and staff, may their souls rest in peace and their families be kept strong by the Lord.

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  1. Eyobu Mordecai

    May 5, 2022 at 4:12 pm

    I think sometimes it’s because of reckless drivers that cause the accidents

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