Two people have been confirmed dead and 12 others are still nursing injuries following a motor accident in Namutumba District.
The deceased are 30-year -old Hellen Cherimo, a resident of Kaphorwa District and Edward Kapondi from Kadama trading centre in Kibuuku District.
They died after a taxi registration number UBD 929 Q in which they were traveling to Mbale got a puncture and lost control before it overturned.
The accident happened at Magada trading centre along Mbale-Tirinyi highway in the wee hours of Thursday morning.
At least 12 other people on board escaped with injuries and were rushed to Iganga Hospital. Muhammad Isiko, the driver of the ill-fated taxi who is nursing injuries at Iganga General Hospital said he tried to save the passengers but it was late for him.
“I did my best to save the passengers but it was too late for me because the vehicle had already lost control and was overturning,” he said.
Sarah Nandutu, a survivor of the accident who is also admitted at Iganga Hospital, said the taxi was speeding when the accident occurred.
“The driver was speeding but I remember that big blast and eventually heard people crying for help,” she said.
The Busoga East police Region Spokesperson, James Mubi said the bodies of the deceased were taken to Iganga General Hospital mortuary for autopsy as they wait for their relatives.
He said only five of the survivors are at Iganga General Hospital while the rest were taken to Mbale Regional Referral Hospital.
Mr Mubi warned drivers against speeding, saying they have erected road blocks to tame errant drivers.
“Motorists who are using this highway should be extra careful because we have deployed officers who will work 24 hours to apprehend those who fail to abide by the traffic rules,” he warned.