Panic As Link Bus Catches Fire Weeks After Fatal Accident That Killed Over 20 People
By Uganda Online Media
Kampala: Passengers were left in panic mode after a bus belonging to the Link company caught fire on Wednesday night.
This has been confirmed by the Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, saying the incident happened at around 10 pm when a Scania bus registration number UBD 269A caught fire near Nateete, in Lubaga division.
“Our 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,” Owoyesigyire said in a statement.
He noted that the bus was destined for Kasese when it caught fire while on the road.
“The exact cause of the fire has not been established, but 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.
According to Oweyesigyire, preliminary investigations indicate the bus had no fire extinguisher as is supposed to be with all vehicles.
“We advise all passengers and bus operators to have the fire extinguishers in place in case of a fire emergency.”
The development comes weeks after a bus belonging to the same company caused an accident in Fort Portal that killed over 20 people and left several others injured.