Car Plunges Into Mpologoma River, Kills Three




Three people died instantly on June 19 when a saloon car they were travelling in plunged into river Mpologoma.


River Mpologoma is twenty kilometers from Iganga along the Namutumba – Mbale highway.


The three were reportedly returning back to Iganga from attending a burial in Budaka Sub County in Kibuku district.



According to eyewitnesses, the saloon car (premio) they were travelling in registration number UAW 321W plunged into river Mplogoma after the driver lost control.

The accident happened at around 3.30 p.m.


According to another eyewitness, Abubaker Kiiza, a fisherman, the driver of the fast moving saloon car lost control and plunged into the river after he hit a log along the road side.


Kiiza said the driver identified as Kibra Mayanja jumped out of the vehicle after discovering that the vehicle was getting submerged into the river.


The deceaseds could have also jumped out of the vehicle into safety if they were not wearing seat belts.


By press time, the bodies of the three, all members of one family had been retrieved by police while the wreckage was towed to Namutumba central police station as investigations got underway.


Residents have appealed to the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) to install humps along the river to reduce on the number of accidents that occur.


According to a police report, 23 people died on the same spot last year in separate road accidents involving taxis and saloon vehicles.


The District Police Commander Namutumba, (DPC) Geoffrey Eratu identified the deceased as Rehema Mbalagina, 28, Rayan Tiribuza and Jackson Nyanja all residents of Busei in Iganga district and members of the same family.


Eratu attributed the accident to over speeding and recklessness on the part of the driver.


He said the driver of the saloon car had been arrested and will soon appear before court to answer charges of causing murder through reckless driving.


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