Buliisa residents torch vehicle after one dies in accident

This prompted the angry residents to set the truck ablaze.

By Our Reporter

Buliisa: One person died and two others were severely injured in a road accident in Buliisa district.

The accident that occurred at around 8:30 p.m on Kisomere-Kasenyi Road in Ngwedo Sub County involved a truck with registration number UBP 894N and a motorcycle.

According to eyewitnesses, the accident occurred when the motorcycle rider, who was coming from Kisomere trading center, heading to Kasinyi, was knocked from behind the vehicle that was going in the same direction.

Eyewitnesses added that the yet-to-be identified rider died on the spot while his two passengers were rushed to Buliisa district general hospital in critical condition.

“The rider knocked the truck from behind and died on the spot, while his two passengers sustained severe injuries and were rushed to Buliisa district general hospital in critical condition,’’ said one eyewitness.

This prompted the angry residents to set the truck ablaze. The deceased and the injured are residents of Kesenyi village in Nile Parish, Ngwedo Sub County.

Efforts to get a comment from John Mwaule, the Buliisa District Police Commander (DPC), on the matter by publication time were futile since he could not answer our phone calls.

However, recently, Julius Allan Hakiza, the Albertine regional police spokesperson, attributed most road accidents in the region to reckless driving and riding.

He said most riders and drivers don’t follow the road signs and rules.

At least five people have so far perished in road accidents in the oil-rich Buliisa district since this year began.

Recent accidents

On January 18, 2024, a Sino-Truck registration number UBM 039F knocked dead Prisca Anirwoth, 30, along Buliisa-Wanseko road while heading to Panyimur on a motorcycle.

On the night of January 24, 2024, one Bigirwenkya Antwaani Musiimo, in his early 60s, was also knocked dead in Kibambura village, Ngwedo Sub County, on his way home along Buliisa-Ngwedo Road.

Another accident occurred on January 25, 2024, along Biiso-Hoima Road, where an unknown vehicle knocked and killed Moses Aliganyira on the spot.

Two died on the spot, and another died shortly after arriving at the hospital after being knocked on January 4, 2024, in Walukuba along the Hoima-Butiaba-Wanseko road.

The accidents increased following the tarmacing of the roads in Buliisa district to facilitate oil production activities in the Albertine Graben.

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