At least nine people were killed and five others seriously injured in two separate road accidents, police said Saturday.
Faridah Nampiima, Traffic and Road Safety Police spokesperson, said in a statement that five people died and four others were seriously injured after a vehicle they were travelling in from the capital Kampala towards Gulu rammed into a South Sudan registered trailer from behind at Kyampisi in the central district of Nakasongola.
She said all the bodies of the yet to be identified deceased persons were conveyed to Nakasongola Hospital Mortuary for postmortem examination.
Meanwhile, four people were killed and another injured after a lorry truck moving from eastern town of Jinja towards Kampala tried to dodge a head-on collision with a commuter taxi which was overtaking, knocking five pedestrians in the process, killing four on spot and seriously injuring one.
“Our Police at Najjembe Trading Centre, along Jinja- Kampala Highway in Buikwe district has today [14th January 2022] registered a fatal accident which claimed lives of four people. The accident involved a Tata lorry registration number UAX 660C and commuter taxi”. Hellen Butoto, police spokesperson for Sezibwa region, said in a statement
The deceased have been identified as Akumu Faith female aged 23-years, a resident of Nsakya A’ zone in Najjembe Division, Buikwe district; Anyango Rose, a juvenile aged 14-years and a resident of Najjembe in Buikwe district; Awori Promise also a juvenile aged one year and 8-months.
The daughter of the deceased -Akumu Faith and Kimono Shamila aged 3. The injured has been identified as Ojara Eric aged eight years.
The bodies were conveyed to Kawolo hospital mortuary for postmortem examination.
“The hunt for the driver of the Tata lorry who fled from the scene of the accident is on,” said Butoto.
According to police data, some 20,000 road accidents occur nationwide annually, causing more than 2,000 deaths.