LWENGO. A taxi driver and three members of the same family have been confirmed dead following a motor accident which left eleven others injured.
The accident happened at round 5am on Sunday at Nkalwe village along Masaka-Mbarara highway in Kingo Sub County in Lwengo District when a taxi Reg. No. UAW 361S travelling from Kyankwanzi District heading to Kisoro collided with a Premio Reg. No UAY 613I which was travelling from Mbarara to Kampala.
The deceased and injured were all occupants of the taxi heading to Kisoro for a burial ceremony of their grandfather. All occupants of the premio survived with minor injuries.
Ms Annet Nirabanansi, who sustained minor injuries told this reporter that moments before the accidents, there was a speeding car coming in their opposite direction which tried to overtake the Premio and in the process, it (Premio) abruptly moved in their lane causing the accident.
“When the Premio came to our lane, our driver tried to avoid it and that is when he lost control of the car. The car (taxi) bumped into the Premio and eventually over turned,” she said adding that they were helped by residents at Nkalwe who called the ambulance.
Ms Nirabanansi further noted that the taxi driver was speeding.
“Some us told him to reduce on the speed but others insisted that he accelerates so that we arrive in time,” she added.
The injured who include a two-year-old boy only identified as Andress, Irene Nakazzi ( 9 months), Hekia Kabumulemi, Tumusiime Varence, Daphine Mbabazi, Musabimana Ventina, Alex Sserwadda, Rose Mary Namukisa, Kabingi Dewuzenge and a UPDF officer only identified as Ezra were taken to Masaka Regional Referral Hospital where they are receiving treatment.
The deceased include the taxi driver who has not yet been identified, Sirus Nkuluziza, Nafutari Sserugendo and unidentified boy all taken the Masaka Regional Referral Hospital mortuary.
The Southern Regional Police Spokesperson, Mr Lameck Kigozi cautioned drivers against reckless driving.
“We appeal to drivers not to over speed; more so at night hours to avoid such pitiful incidents,” Mr Lameck said.