Monday, 10 June 2013

Fort Portal Accident claims 10

At least ten people are confirmed dead and 15 others severely wounded in a Monday afternoon road accident on Fort Portal –Kasese road. A Traffic police officer in the area says a trailer registration number UAS 069M carrying cement from Kasese district collided head-on with a Fuso lorry registration number UAS 446S that was transporting people going for a burial in Kibiito sub county.
Police and local residents at the accident scene
Police and local residents at the accident scene
At least ten people are confirmed dead and 15 others severely wounded in a Monday afternoon road accident on Fort Portal –Kasese road.
Some of the deceased have been identified as Ssewantu Mwesige, Omuhereza Anihirwa, 30 year-old Omuhereza Hossana and 28 year old Omwikiriza Rwatooro all residents of Kyogya village, Kigoyera parish in Kyarusozi sub county, Kyenjojo district. The police had not yet identified the other victims at the time of filing this report.
According to the Richard Olili, the Traffic officer Fort Portal, a trailer registration number UAS 069M that was carrying cement from Hima factory in Kasese district collided head-on with a Fuso lorry registration number UAS 446S that was transporting people going for burial in Kibiito sub county.
The 1:30pm accident occurred at Kyabunda Hill in Buheesi Sub County, Kabarole district.
Olili explains that the driver of the trailer identified as Richard Mukasa, believed to be in his mid-30s, who was over speeding and talking on phone, lost control and hit the Fuso lorry.
Olili says the bodies have been taken to Fort Portal referral hospital, while the injured were also rushed to the same hospital in critical condition.The traffic boss said the driver of the Fuso lorry and the injured victims could not be identified by the time of filing this report.
He attributed the accident to over speeding and reckless driving
Thirty-year-old Deo Mwesige, a survivor, told reporters that over 60 people were aboard the Fuso lorry travelling to bury his mother identified as Revakato Kakyo in Kyamuhemba, Lyamabwa parish in Kibiito Sub County.
He said two of the dead were children of the deceased mother.
Abdul Akugizibwe, an eyewitness told reporters that the injured were picked and put on a lorry that was coming from Kasese and rushed to hospital.
The fatal accident comes hardly just a day after three people died in Katooke Sub County, Kyenjojo district on Sunday night when a Fuso Lorry carrying a Football team of Kigumba Mukwano tea factory failed to climb the hill due to over loading and overturned.