By Yosam Gucwaki
Three people have been confirmed dead while 11 others are critically injured following a road accident along Hoima-Fort Portal Road in the new Kikuube District.
The accident which occurred on Thursday evening at Kikuube trading centre in Kiziranfumbi Sub-county, involved a taxi registration number UAV 087Y and a lorry truck registration number UAX 596Q which was loaded with sugarcane.
The taxi was carrying mourners from a burial ceremony in Kyanaisoke Village, Kagadi District.
The deceased have been identified as Tony Ayesiga, the taxi driver, Matthias Bagonza, a produce dealer in Hoima and Immaculate Naiga also a produce dealer in Kiryatete-a periphery of Hoima town.
The injured were rushed to Kikuube health centre, Edpa and Kabalega clinics in Hoima town.
Denis Tumwesige, the Kahoora division speaker who is among the survivors says the taxi was moving at a high speed when he heard a bang and people screaming.
Tumwesige who sustained injuries on the right eye and chest says he only came to his normal senses this morning while at Kabalega clinic.
Canicious Mugisha, the Hoima district traffic officer says the accident occurred at around 7:45pm when the taxi heading to Hoima town rammed into a stationary lorry.
Mugisha who said the taxi was crushed beyond repair, attributes the accident to overspeeding.
He adds that the lorry driver fled after the accident to an unknown destination.
By press time, the bodies were at Hoima hospital mortuary pending for postmortem.
The accident is the latest of a number of them occurring on the road currently under construction.
Driver excitement and lack of clear road signs amid construction works is partly to blame for the increasing accidents on what is commonly referred to as the Trans-Bunyoro Road. The road connects from Kyenjonjo-Kagadi-Hoima-Masindi-Kiryandongo.
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website