Three traders are nursing serious injuries after being knocked by a UPDF ambulance in Nakalama south trading center in Iganga district along the Iganga-Tirinyi-Mbale highway.
The trio was injured Wednesday when the driver of the ambulance registration number H4DF 2167 Corporal Edward Kasozi lost control and rammed into shops while rushing Private Lawrence Mugisha from Moroto to Bombo military hospital.
The injured traders are Hamis Kibita, Moses Maido, and Arafat Mutega.
They are currently admitted to Iganga General hospital’s emergency unit. A health worker who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity on Wednesday evening said that the accident victims had lost a lot of blood and were still in critical condition.
Police impounded the ambulance and towed it to Iganga CPS pending further inspection by the inspector of vehicles.
Ali Mitala, an eyewitness, says that Kasozi was speeding on the narrow highway, which might have caused him to lose control and ram into the neighboring shops.
Barbra Naiwumbwe, another trader wants the UPDF to foot the medical bills of their injured colleagues and devise means of compensating them for the property lost during the accident.
“I personally lost two fridges in this accident. My prayer to UPDF is that they should allocate funds to help us recapitalize our shops and also ease the treatment of our injured colleagues,” she said.
Busoga East police spokesperson, Diana Nandawula says that they are liaising with their counterparts from UPDF to ensure quick inquiries into the matter.