A fatal accident claimed the lives of 8 people leaving one with minor injuries, on September 8, 2023, at around 7:10 p.m. at Mile 17 along the Mbarara-Isingiro Road in Isingiro District.
According to SP Michael Kananura, the spokesperson for traffic and road safety, the accident involved two vehicles: a Global Bus Company bus with the registration number UBG 812K and a Fuso with the registration number UBL 945Y.
“It is alleged that motor vehicle registration number UBL 945U (Fuso Fighter), which was carrying scrap and people, lost control while overspeeding on a slope at Mile 17 along the Isingiro-Mbarara Road, travelling from Isingiro to Mbarara, lost control, and failed to break,” Kananura said.
He added that the fuso then crossed into the opposite lane of the incoming vehicle, colliding with the Global bus, which was travelling from Mbarara to Isingiro.
“This collision resulted in the immediate death of 8 individuals travelling on the Fuso Fighter, while one person on the bus sustained minor injuries,” he said.
According to Kananura, the victim was taken to a nearby clinic in Isingiro for first aid, while the bodies of the deceased were taken to Mbarara Referral Hospital for a postmortem.
He added that both vehicles involved in the accident were towed to Isingiro Police Station for inspection.
The primary cause of this accident has been identified as reckless driving by the Fuso driver.