Four businesspersons died on spot after a Fuso truck they were travelling in overturned in Kassanda District along the Mubende-Mityana highway. Three (3) others sustained injuries.
According to Wamala regional police spokesperson Racheal Kawala, the accident occurred on Sunday morning at around 03:00am.
Preliminary investigations suggest that a black Fuso Fighter motor vehicle, registration UAY 415C, loaded with matooke and heading towards Kampala from Mubende, experienced a brake failure.
“The vehicle lost control and overturned, resulting in the instantaneous death of four occupants and injuring three. At present, the identities of the deceased remain to be confirmed,” Kawala said.
The injured have been identified as Nambusi Grace, 40 years old, residing in Kikajo, Namasuba, Wakiso District; Bright Patrick, 34 years old, a business person residing in Kibiri-Busabaala, Wakiso District; and Nadunga Lydia, 42 years old, a businesswoman residing in Kalerwe.
“The injured have been taken to Mityana Hospital for necessary medical care. Police have thoroughly documented and examined the scene of the incident,” Kawala said.
The bodies of the deceased have been transported to Kassanda Health Centre IV mortuary, awaiting postmortem examinations.
The motor vehicle involved has been towed to Myanzi Police Station pending an Inspection of Vehicles (IOV) assessment.
“This tragic accident underscores the vital importance of responsible driving. Drivers are reminded not only to operate their vehicles prudently but also to ensure the maintenance and functionality of critical systems such as brakes before embarking on their journeys,” Kawala said.
“Our thoughts are with the victims and their families during this difficult time. Police urge all drivers to prioritize not only their safety but also that of their passengers and fellow road users,” she added.
According to the 2022 Annual Crime and Traffic/Road Safety Report, 20,394 road crashes were recorded countrywide.
Of these, 1,579 pedestrians died, translating into four pedestrians dying every day in road crashes and 131 dying every month.
Police also said that from July 30 to August 5, a total number of 405 road crashes were registered involving 424 victims of which, 31 people were pedestrians on various roads in the country.
Out of these 405 road crashes, 79 were fatal, 199 were serious, and 127 were minor. Ninety-nine people died and 325 people sustained serious injuries