3 Killed In Mbale-Budaka Road Accident

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Three people have died after a Pick-up truck they were travelling in had a head-on collision with another vehicle along Mbale-Tirinyi highway.

Three people have died after a Pick-up truck they were travelling in had a head-on collision with another vehicle along Mbale-Tirinyi highway.

The accident that occurred at Kamonkoli junction in Mbale involved a Fuso Lorry registration number UAL 051 H heading from Mbale and a pick-up truck registration number UAF 504 N that was coming from Budaka side.

The accident occurred at around 8:30pm on Tuesday.

Diana Nandawula, the Eastern Regional Police spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network on Wednesday that all the three occupants of the pick-up truck died. She identified the deceased as 35-year-old Issah Abib and Farida Were who died on the spot. Yahaya Kiganda, another victim died at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital, one hour after he was rushed there.

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Nandawula says police preliminary investigations show that the accident was caused by reckless driving on the side of the Fuso driver, who she said is still on the run.

The police publicist said they are hunting for the driver whose identity is not yet established. The two wreckages were towed to Budaka Central Police Station while the bodies of the deceased are at Mbale Hospital Mortuary waiting for postmortem.

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This comes just a week after 14 people died and several others were injured along Masaka-Mbarara highway when a Horizon company bus overturned and caught fire.

Close to 3,000 people in Eastern Uganda died in road accidents in 2011.

The 2011 traffic report released recently shows that more than 26, 000 accidents occurred in eastern Uganda. Mbale alone registered 375 fatal accidents and 126 minor ones.

Drunken driving has become a serious national concern, as road carnage statistics continue on an upward trend. About 42 percent of the accidents in Eastern Uganda are blamed on drunken driving while reckless driving causes 29.3 percent.

 

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Denis Olaka
Denis Olaka is the URN bureau chief for Lira, in northern Uganda. Apac and Otuke fall under his docket. Olaka has been a URN staff member since 2011.

Olaka started his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter, anchor, and then editor for Radio Lira in Lira district. He was subsequently an editor with Lira's Radio Wa in 2004 and Gulu district's Mega FM.

He was also a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper newspapers.

Olaka's journalism focuses on politics, health, agriculture and education. He does a lot of crime reporting too.