By Fred Kiva
Two students of Masindi Secondary School in Masindi Municipality were on Monday morning knocked by a speeding trailer as they walked to school leaving one dead and the other hospitalized with serious injuries.
The accident occurred at around 7am on Masindi Port road in the heart of Masindi town. The dead student has been identified as Fatuma Naiga, 16, who was in senior three. She died on the spot after being crashed by the trailer. The students were walking to school at the time the Kinyara bound Scania Trailer Reg. No UAN 976N knocked them near Travellers Corner in Masindi town.
The Masindi Secondary School Deputy Head teacher, Abubakar Kabyanga said Jovia Aheebwa the other student has been rushed to Lacor hospital in Gulu district with broken limbs, while Hadijah Nasanga, the third student survived unhurt but she is in terrible shock.
Fidel Bigirimana, the Masindi District Police Traffic Officer says the truck driver; Jimmy Ojonyo has been arrested to help police with investigations into the cause of the accident. “The accident was fatal and difficult to prove at this point what could have happened. The vehicle got these people very far from the road, as they kept left,” said Bigirimana.
The trailer has been impounded at Masindi Central Police Station. Meanwhile a sombre mood engulfed Masindi Secondary school after students got news of the death of their colleague. Some of the students were sobbing uncontrollably.
On Saturday in another incident, nine people were killed and nine others seriously injured in a fatal head-on collision accident involving a commuter taxi and Toyota Premio at Kalandazi, Buwama in Mpigi District. The injured were rushed to Gombe Hospital in critical condition.
Last week during a fundraising campaign to establish a health facility on the Masaka highway, the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga called for renewed vigilance of the Fika Salama police traffic campaign following a spate of major accidents on highways in the country. The campaign had brought in a brief respite in road accidents, but the rate of road carnage seems to be on the up again.