Police have cautioned drivers to always move with emergency protective gears following an abrupt fire that consumed a Mercedes Benz on Tuesday along Yusuf Lule Road.
Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigire, said a UAT 931T Benz caught fire seconds after its chauffer had moved out to seek for help when he noticed a heavy smoke emanating from its engine.
“The driver stopped and started looking for help but it abruptly caught fire. It was parked on the roadside. We advise drivers to always check the condition of their vehicles,” he said.
Police said they were trying to understand what the cause of burning was and would make a report based on findings. However, onlookers blamed police’s fire protection and emergency rescue unit for taking long to save the car that was almost reduced to ashes.
“What matters is not police coming early or late. But we urge drivers to always be fast at informing police but also move with fire extinguishers. You never know when the car would catch fire,” Owoyesigire said.
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He emphasized that drivers of public vehicles should ensure they have fire extinguishers and contacts of police commanders along roads for easy rescue in case of emergencies. “You should be prepared for emergencies whenever you are always on the road,” he said.
Meanwhile Police have launched a hunt for a taxi driver who yesterday caused an accident at Yusuf Lule Road-Oasis Mall roundabout leaving six people nursing wounds.
Mr Owoyesigire said the driver who he describes as ‘careless’ rammed into a Toyota RUNX injuring its driver and five passengers in his taxi.
“The driver was driving carelessly and he knocked a Toyota RUNX that was coming from Jinja Road. He afterwards took off leaving the injured occupants stranded. As police, we worked with citizens and rushed the victims to hospital,” Mr Owoyesigire said.
A hunt for the driver has been launched after his car was towed away. Police said the driver will be charged with, among other cases, careless driving upon arrest.