Within a span of less than 24 hours, a second bus collided with an immobile trailer, mirroring a recent incident involving a Link Bus. On July 12, 2023, on the Kampala-Gulu highway at Wakisanyi in Kiryandongo district, a Crown Coaches bus crashed into a stranded vehicle.
In a report, Michael Kananura, the police traffic road safety communications officer, stated, “On Wednesday afternoon, the Crown Coaches bus with registration number M/V UAQ 409D Isuzu collided with the M/V UAN 902 Mitsubishi Fuso, resulting in severe injuries to one passenger.” Preliminary investigations reveal that the accident occurred due to reckless driving and obstruction caused by the stranded vehicle.
The injured passenger in the front seat was promptly taken to Kiryandongo Hospital for medical attention.
This crash follows a similar incident on the previous night, in which the driver of a Link Bus named Dauda Kawawu lost his life after colliding with a stationary truck at Mukunyu in Kyenjojo district on the Kampala-Fortportal highway. Recent police reports indicate that this was the third accident involving vehicles colliding with stationary trucks and resulting in fatalities.
Another incident occurred on Thursday, where businessman Apollo Nyegamehe, also known as Aponye, died when his Toyota Landcruiser crashed into a stationary truck on the Ntungamo-Mbarara highway in Itojo.
Similarly, on Saturday, a former Member of Parliament from Erute North and four others lost their lives when their vehicle overturned at Ayago in Murchison Falls National Game Park, as they reportedly attempted to avoid colliding with a stationary truck.
In response to these accidents, the police have issued directives: all drivers must ensure that reflectors are placed both in front and behind immobile vehicles to warn other road users.
Drivers or caretakers of stranded vehicles must immediately notify the police for assistance in unloading goods and towing the vehicles away from the road. It is crucial for all drivers to adhere to speed limits, exercise caution, especially during nighttime when visibility is poor and the risk of accidents is higher. Members of the public and other road users are encouraged to inform the local police if the driver or caretaker fails to report a stranded vehicle.
Road safety is a shared responsibility.
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