43 injured in two separate accidents


At least 43 people have been injured and admitted to different hospitals following two separate accidents.
The first accident happened on Kampala-Masaka highway while the other happened on Kampala-Mityana road.
By Friday afternoon, wailing parents were still swarming Masaka Regional Referral Hospital to check on their children who got injured in the Friday morning accident on the outskirts of Masaka Town. At least 35 pupils got injured and at least seven are in critical condition.

The victims, who are all pupils of St. Andrews Primary School in Mitete, Sembabule District, were travelling on a Fuso truck Reg.No.UAP 653B which failed to climb the hill and overturned thus injuring the pupils. Some of the teachers who were onboard escaped unhurt. The driver jumped out of the ill-fated truck and took off, leaving the pupils helpless. The accident took place just a few metres off Kampala- Masaka highway as the truck climbed Kako hill on their way to West Buganda Diocese headquarters to take part in the music, dance and drama competitions organized by the diocese. However, some parents have withdrawn some of the victims from Masaka Regional Referral Hospital and taken them to private clinics around Masaka Town, claiming they will not get proper treatment at the facility.

A traffic officer inspecting the ill-fated Fuso

A traffic officer inspecting the ill-fated Fuso truck which injured 35 pupils. PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER KISEKKA

According to Ms Deborah Kalanzi, one of the teachers who were travelling with the victims, a total of 85 pupils were onboard and 50 of them survived without any injuries.
“The driver was driving recklessly. We even told him to control his speed as pupils shouted,” Ms Kalanzi said.
Victoria Namirembe, a Primary Four pupil said the truck was speeding, right away from the school and when they reached Kyogya swamp which borders Sembabule District and Bukomansimbi District , the truck nearly swerved off the road .
“We screamed and the driver reduced the speed, but latter he increased the speed when we reached the tarmacked road,’’ she narrated.

Mr Lameck Kigozi, the southern regional police spokesperson blamed the school administrators for risking the lives of the pupils by transporting them on a truck.
“We are going to arrest the head teacher of the school and place charges of using unauthorized vehicle to carry passengers. We have always warned schools against using trucks to transport pupils but many have continued to do so,” he said.

He said following the accident, they have intercepted a truck transporting pupils in the same manner and a bus also carrying pupils yet it was in bad mechanical condition.
Meanwhile, eight people were seriously injured in an accident that occurred along Kampala -Mityana highway on Thursday night. The accident occurred at Kiwawu Village, about twenty kilometers from Mityana Town. The accident happened when two vehicles, a saloon car Toyota Premio Reg. No. UBA 275 T collided head-on with a commuter taxi Reg.No.UAZ959 L. The occupants in the premio were injured most. Victims were rushed to Mityana where they are receiving treatment hospital.


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