Accident claims four in Kapchorwa

By Simon Masaba

Added 2nd July 2017 08:47 PM

The truck driver lost control at the 2KM S-curve corner (Towei corner) and fell off a cliff


It looked like any other day for two-year-old David Chebet, as he played in a garden near home.

But moments later, down in the valley, a truck loaded with steel bars came tumbling down the precipice.

Within three minutes, the truck had come to a halt and Chebet lay motionless under its weight. The tragic incident happened Sunday morning at Towei corner in Kapchorwa district.

The accident also left 25 year old Moses Musene nursing broken limbs at Kapchorwa hospital, after being knocked by the truck, which swayed off a cliff and killed four people at Towei corner.

The Sipi Region Police Commander, Musa Nabende said that Musene sustained broken tibia in both legs, after he was run over by the speeding truck.

Kapchorwa District Police Commander, Emily Angomuko said the truck driver lost control at the 2KM S-curve corner (Towei corner) and fell off a cliff.

“As the truck fell off the cliff, it crashed the baby boy who had accompanied his parents as they tilled in the garden,” she said.

She identified others deceased as Mohammed Kaweesa, 37, and Habib Kikumi, 50. The fourth body was yet to be identified by press time. 

“It is such a steep cliff and it will require the help of experts to retrieve the wreckage” Angomuko said.

The traffic Police spokesperson, Charles Ssebambulidde, said the fatal accident occurred along Sipi-Bulambuli road at about 9:30am.

“The trailer registration number UAT 092Z/ 672 UCG went off road and overturned”

A fortnight ago, Ssebambulidde announced that 223 people had been killed countrywide in road accidents in the months of May and June.

Ssebambulidde attributed the accidents to motorists who do not respect the right of way for pedestrians, especially in the Kampala Metropolitan Police area. He said many motorists do not respect road signs.

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