In the early hours of Friday morning, news spread that a bus from Global Bus Company collided with a truck along the Mbarara-Masaka Highway.
On Friday morning, the country was awash with news that a bus belonging to Global Bus Company was involved in an accident after colliding with a truck along the Mbarara-Masaka highway.
According to Traffic Police spokesperson Faridah Nampiima, the accident occurred at around 10:40hrs in Nabyewanga in Lweera with three people reported having sustained serious injuries.
“Three people have been injured following an accident that occurred at Nabyewanga in Lweera. The accident which occurred at around 1040hrs today morning involved a global bus registration number UAX 283A which was traveling from Kampala to Mbarara and a Canter Diana registration number UBJ 648J that was coming from Masaka to Kampala,” Nampiima said.
“In the process of giving way to the canter which was overtaking recklessly, the bus swerved off road and overturned injuring three people. The victims have been rushed to nearby clinics for first aid treatment,” she added indicating that the police officers impounded the Canter and also arrested the driver.
A recent traffic report from the police indicated that a total of 370 accidents occurred between April 3rd and 6th with 72 of them being fatal, 193 were serious and 105 were minor accidents.
According to ASP Faridah Nampiima, PRO Directorate of Traffic and Road Safety Uganda Police, there were 362 accident victims during this period and out of these, 86 people died while 276 sustained injuries.
As a result, Nampiima urges road users to take prompt caution and desist from exercising reckless driving because this can easily result in further accidents.
Meanwhile, with the Easter season already on the corner, the police have issued a reminder that the traffic enforcement teams have intensified high visibility patrol and enforcement activities in a bid to maintain traffic discipline.
According to SSP Claire Nabakka the deputy spokesperson of Uganda Police, Easter periods usually come with the potential for increased criminality, where opportunists and criminal elements target pedestrians, motorists, homes, passengers, and revellers among others, to attack, steal and rob from them.
“Much as our levels of vigilance and alertness have been heightened, at all major places of worship, entertainment and social events points, bus and taxi terminals, all VIP and security installations we wish to remind the public that safety is everyone’s job and responsibility,” SSP Nabakka said.