Thursday, February 5, 2009

One minute you're...and then you're...




Last Thursday on our way back from Kamion we were the first on the scene of a terrible accident. The driver of this truck apparently lost brakes and the ability to downshift (possibly due to a broken differential). The horrific result was two dead and twenty injured. And people wonder why we aren't more eager to cram people into our vehicle! We picked up one survivor with a busted ankle. While we were still looking at the wreck, a group of 10-12 armed warriors approached and demanded to see who we had in the back of the vehicle. Seeing that the wounded was not the truckdriver, they left hurriedly. We heard later that they were looking for the driver to kill him. Hmmm...that's one way to seek justice, I guess. As always, we are thankful for the traveling safety we've had in our first year in Uganda.

2 comments:

Grace H. said...

Holy Smokes, that's nasty! Glad you had a nurse aboard tho. Amazing the amount of folks that are killed in accidents around here...

Nick said...

While I don't condone killing the driver of a wreck caused by equipment malfunction, I must say that considering this for people who are just bad drivers would make the roads safer and lower insurance costs. Maybe we need to see if we could pass this law here in the states.