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Scores injured in city road accident

Wreckage of one of the taxis that was rammed into

Wreckage of one of the taxis that was rammed into

Scores of people have been injured in an accident at Kira road traffic lights junction. The accident occurred at around 5pm Wednesday and involved a L8000 Ford truck believed to be a 1970 model.

The truck which was coming from Bukoto and heading to Kampala lost control and crashed at least six vehicles including a Pioneer bus and two motorcycles which were stationary at the traffic lights junction. According to police, 16 people were injured mostly from the two taxis that the truck rammed into first. Police also dismissed reports that there were any fatalities.

A traffic police officer at the scene, said the truck which was carrying hardware material was in a dangerous mechanical condition, a reason it could have lost control. A Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage shared by police shows the truck lost control soon as it crossed the Bukoto road junction near Radio Simba.


Most of the injured passengers were removed from the wreckages by good Samaritans who used axes and other metallic objects to cut frames of the crashed cars. Some passengers with fractured legs were trapped and it took more than two hours to rescue them.

Thomas Tugume, a hawker said he saw the truck moving at a high speed and alerted his colleagues who fled the scene. 

“I think we could have been victims of this accident but God was with us. I saw and I alerted my three colleagues. We stood aside and we had no way we could have alerted people in other cars since they had been stopped by traffic lights,” Tugume said.

State minister for Transport, Aggrey Henry Bagire who arrived at the scene of the accident praised people who managed to rescue the victims.

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+1 #1 Ugthinker 2019-04-25 00:55
“State minister for Transport, Aggrey Henry Bagire who arrived at the scene of the accident praised people who managed to rescue the victims.”

Human life value in Uganda is under attack from many fronts, yet government is as usual, absent!

With all the DMCs on Uganda’s roads, do we even have a ministry for transport? What do they do, if it’s still there?

Why has this government neglected Ugandans so much, is because of their docility?

People deserve better, road carnage is avoidable. Government must be tasked to put in place measures to address this negligence. The environmental damage caused by these bangers, is a discussion for another day....
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0 #2 Moses 2019-04-25 07:57
So Sad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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0 #3 Lakwena 2019-04-25 08:25
It was such a horrific incident. We pray that the critically injured survive their injuries.

And hope this was not one of those terrorists attacks we saw happened on some streets in Europe and the US, where unsuspecting pedestrians are run-over by a van.
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0 #4 Concerned Ugandan 2019-04-25 15:11
A Ford truck believed to be from the 1970s?! I sincerely hope this is a mistake because if true then such a vehicle should not be on the street pulling such heavy loads!

It belongs in a museum! One wonders whether there are even spare parts still available anywhere on the market for a truck that old!

It is totally flabbergasting and criminal that such a vehicle can survive even a basic safety inspection by police and allowed to operate on our roads!

I often see Fiat trucks that probably date back to the 1960s operating around Nakawa Industrial area. They are obviously death traps but our incompetent police as usual us more interested in preventive arrests instead of doing real work like keeping DMCs off our streets!
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0 #5 Concerned Ugandan 2019-04-25 15:13
Quoting Ugthinker:
“State minister for Transport, Aggrey Henry Bagire who arrived at the scene of the accident praised people who managed to rescue the victims.”

Human life value in Uganda is under attack from many fronts, yet government is as usual, absent!

With all the DMCs on Uganda’s roads, do we even have a ministry for transport? What do they do, if it’s still there?

Why has this government neglected Ugandans so much, is because of their docility?

People deserve better, road carnage is avoidable. Government must be tasked to put in place measures to address this negligence. The environmental damage caused by these bangers, is a discussion for another day....


Indeed! Instead of asking why fire brigade was not there to cut people out of their cars, he was busy thanking civilians for doing government's job! Gasiya!
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