A tragic car accident occurred on Saturday, November 4, at Namasoga village in Iganga, along the Jinja-Iganga highway, resulting in the loss of six lives. The incident involved three vehicles: a commuter taxi with registration number UAV 659L, an Isuzu Elf truck with the plate UBH 032W, and a Toyota Sienta with the registration UBJ 679Y.
The deceased individuals were identified by the police as Umar Gonzaga Batwawula, a resident of Buyembe village in Ibulanku sub-county in Bugweri district, Leokadia Nangoma from Lwanda in Luuka district, and Yahaya Kinyata, aged 27, from Namutumba. The identities of two children and another adult female were pending verification at the time of reporting.
Diana Nandawula, the spokesperson for Busoga East Police, confirmed the incident to New Vision and revealed that some victims lost their lives during transportation to the hospital, while others succumbed upon arrival at Iganga Hospital.
Nandawula explained that the Isuzu truck, which was carrying sand and en route to Jinja District, experienced a flat tire, causing it to swerve out of its lane and collide with the taxi coming from the Jinja direction. Simultaneously, the Sienta vehicle collided with the rear of the truck.
As of the time of reporting, the bodies of the deceased were at Iganga Hospital’s mortuary, and the vehicles involved had been towed to Iganga Police Station. Nandawula attributed the accident to poor mechanical condition of the truck and reckless driving. She emphasized the importance of drivers conducting thorough vehicle checks before embarking on busy highways to prevent accidents and the loss of innocent lives.
This tragic incident occurred within a mere 24 hours of another deadly accident, where nine people lost their lives when a taxi collided with a stationary trailer on the same busy highway.