27 December 2012

Uganda: Horizon Buses Pulled Off the Road

Photo: New Vision
Accident involving Horizon bus in Uganda (file photo).

Police has pulled the entire fleet of Horizon buses off the road after one of its buses was involved in a traffic accident that left 10 passengers injured today.

"We are impounding all Horizon buses to know their condition and also investigate their drivers since they have been involved in many accidents," the deputy Police Spokesperson Vincent Sekate said.

Sekate told The Observer that the accident occurred at Katende on Masaka road, when a Horizon bus, registration number UAM 217F, heading to Kampala from Rwanda, rammed into an oncoming Fuso lorry at 5am. The injured were rushed to Mulago hospital in critical condition. Sekate said the accident happened as the bus attempted to overtake several vehicles also heading to Kampala.

The Police have also ordered the company to ensure all its buses undergo thorough mechanical and maintenance checks, with Sekate promising that the buses will not return to the roads until the Transport Licensing Board (TLB) clears them.

This suspension follows another in September, in which the TLB had to check the buses following a fatal accident in Lwengo district, in which 14 people died after their bus overturned several times and caught fire, shortly before sunrise.

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