Police Officer,3 Civilians Dead As 13 Are Reported With Massive Injuries At Mabira Accident

Four people have been confirmed dead after in an accident that happened in Mabira on Friday night along the Kampala jinja road highway.

The accident according to police involved a coaster and a trailer that collided at around 1am.

“The Coaster registration number UBD 343P coming from Kampala to Jinja tried to overtake in a corner at Ssanga near the new picnic site and ended up colliding with a trailer registration number T643DNU/T8441DND that was headed to Kampala. Four people died instantly,”said Sezibwa region police spokesperson Hellen Butoto.

The police publicist said only one person, Andrew Mapata, a police officer attached to Katwe police station was identified among the dead.

She added that 13 people were injured and are currently admitted at Jinja hospital receiving medical attention.

“We urge members of the public to always speak out when you realize indiscipline by any drivers or reach out to police on traffic check points along the way,” she said

The Kampala- Jinja highway and particularly in Mabira has been prone to fatal accidents for a number of years.

In July last year, a speeding Coaster lost control and overturned as the driver tried to overtake a trailer, killing three people and injuring others in Mabira forest.

A traffic police report released last year indicated that over 3000 people had been killed and over 10,000 injure in over 10,000 accidents in the year 2017 on Ugandan roads.

The report indicated that slightly less than 1000 of the deaths had been in car crashes whereas over 900 were pedestrians.

The police attributed the accidents to mainly reckless driving, over speeding and over loading among other causes.

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