Uganda—A grave road carnage has claimed six lives, five members of one family on Friday evening as they were reportedly waving bye to a visitor they had taken to a bus station.
Reports from traffic officers tell that an ill-fated Drone taxi UBG-674G from Zombo District headed for Kampala with 11 passengers rammed onto the family members by the roadside on the Nebbi-Pakwach Highway at about 9:30 pm.
“Majority of those killed in the fatal accident were children aged 7, 10, 12, and 11. Four people died on the spot while two died at Pakwach health center IV in Pakwach district as 10 were injured,” Samuel Lubega Pakwach District Police Commander (DPC) spoke.
The DPC identified one of the deceased as Ms. Gertrude Giramia, a six-month pregnant woman who was traveling in the taxi destined for Kampala from Zombo.
“The taxi driver Mr. Godfrey Kiseka is under police custody and will be charged for causing the death of six innocent people,” Mr. Lubega informed.
According to top a health officer at Pakwach health center IV some of the critically injured people are duly receiving treatment.
“The bodies of the deceased are still in the mortuary awaiting postmortem such that they are handed over to the relatives,” Dr. John Bosco Oryema noted.
Further adding Pakwach Health center is elevated to hospital status in order to manage some of the highway accident risks within its proximity.
“The health center doesn’t have enough facilities to handle accident emergency calls since the facility has very little supplies from the government,” he observed.