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Bus belonging to Link services catches fire in Kampala

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Bus belonging to Link services catches fire in Kampala

Officers at Natete Police station have this evening registered and responded to a fire outbreak.

The incident involved a Motor Vehicle Reg. No UBD 269A Scania belonging to Link Bus Services. It happened at about 10 pm tonight.

According to Luke Owoyesigyire the PRO KMP, the police fire prevention and rescue services officers responded on time but fortunately, the fire had been extinguished by other first responders using a nearby fire extinguisher, water and Sand.

The bus was travelling from Kasese to Kampala when it caught fire at Wakaliga traffic lights. The exact cause of the fire has not been established, but Owoyesigyire says preliminary investigations have attributed it to a short circuit in one of the headlamps.

“We did not register any injuries or deaths and neither did the passengers lose any of their items from the bus,” he added.

The fire prevention and rescue services have however noted that the bus had no fire extinguisher of its own.

“We advise all passengers and bus operators to have the fire extinguishers in place in case of a fire emergency.”

The incident comes just a week after 21 people perished in another accident registered by the same company. However, investigators ruled out any mechanical issues but instead blames the accident on the driver, who was allegedly speaking on the phone and overspeeding, causing him to lose control. Unfortunately, the same driver, commonly known as Big Daddy, is reported to have perished in the same accident.

Sarah Biryomumaisho is a multitalented freelance journalist with 10 years of experience in broadcast and publishing. She has worked with several radio stations and online publications. Twitter; https://twitter.com/BiryomumaishoB

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