12 people have been critically injured and more than 20 others survived with minor injuries in two separate accidents on Mpanga forest stretch along the Masaka-Kampala highway.
The first accident was a head-on collision involving a saloon car registration number, UAQ 949X destined for Kampala and a commuter taxi registration number, UBB 676X.
Alex Ssentongo, an eye witness and resident of Kalagala said the accident occurred around 1:45pm when the driver of the saloon car tried overtaking about five vehicles in one go.
"He bumped into a taxi and collided head-on. It was difficult to tell whether anybody had survived from the saloon car," Ssentongo said.
He says the first responders found two occupants of the saloon car in critical condition. They pulled them from the wreckage and rushed them to the nearby clinic for first aid. 12 people from the taxi survived with injuries and were rushed to nearby clinics for medical attention.
Barely an hour after that accident, another accident occurred barely 50 meters from the first scene involving three vehicles including a Rwandan trailer registration numbe,r RAD 66M, Ibabu coach registration number, UAQ 461Q and taxi registration number, UBB 910S.
Katonga region police spokesperson, Phillip Mukasa said preliminary investigations indicate that the second accident was a result of overspeeding during a heavy downpour.
"There was a heavy downpour, which was experienced at a given section amid Mpanga forest reserve. Although the weather was all clear at either side of the forests, due to the high speed all the vehicles were moving on, their drivers might have failed to control them when they reached the slippery section," said Mukasa.
Over 20 people, mainly occupants of the Ibabu bus survived with injuries. Mukasa says 12 passengers were in critical condition and were referred to Mulago national referral hospital.