Overloaded Sugarcane Truck Falls on Two Taxis, One Dead



By Solomon Hamala




One person has died instantly while 10 survived with severe injuries when a truck loaded with sugarcane fell on two taxis at Walugogo village along Iganga-Jinja road.


The nasty accident occurred on Saturday evening at 6.30 when the body of the sugar cane truck registration number UBG691D/UAL048X fell on taxi numbers UAY862U and UBA487Z.


The unidentified deceased and most victims were the occupants in the taxi registration UAY862U which was damaged beyond recognition and victims were only removed after cutting its wreckage.


According to eyewitness, the driver of the truck which was from Iganga heading to Jinja was trying to save a boda boda rider who abruptly crossed the road but the body of the truck which was loaded with sugar cane to full capacity failed to turn and hence fell on the two taxis.


The body of the deceased was taken to Iganga hospital mortuary while other victims were also rushed to the same hospital for urgent medication with broken legs and hands.


Some of the victims were identified as Alex Mulinda (Luuka), Steven

Kibwika (Bugiri), Enderiko Olowo (Tororo). Marivin Mutakubwa (Mukono).


Others were Harriet Bogere with her 3 year old daughter Edinansi

Namuganza (Mbiiko),Olivia Kalemba (Kaliro) among others.


The accident paralyzed transport along the road for almost three hours as police struggled to remove the heavy truck from the road.


The Iganga Resident District Commissioner, Eve Kwesiga who visited the scene and hospitalized victims expressed concern over the reckless driving by sugar cane truck drivers whom she attributed the accident.


She asked parliament to come up with a law which regulates the over loading of the sugarcane trucks and being driven in bad conditions.


The Chairperson Iganga Hospital Committee, Sam Obira asked government to elevate the hospital to a referral hospital since they receive many emergencies yet the hospital receives inadequate equipment and drugs.


He also appealed to relatives of the victims to visit the hospital to identify them for necessary support and identifying the deceased so that he can be accorded a decent burial.