Tuesday September 2 2014

Another Lukaya bus accident victim dies in hospital

By Malik Fahad Jjingo

Another student among those that were involved in last Friday’s road accident at Lukaya Town along Kampala-Masaka highway has died.

Gabriel Tamale, a student at Charles Lwanga Secondary School in Kalungu District died on Monday in Masaka Regional Referral Hospital where he and eleven other students had been receiving treatment after a road accident in which a bus swerved off the road and ran over them. The students were part of the band playing music to accompany a police match to mark a hundred years of police existence in Uganda.

The driver of the bus Number UAL 779 U, Sedayo Muhanji was arrested. Tamale is the second student to die after his colleague, Helen Ngabire who died on spot. However, two of the students; David Mawejje, and Patricia Ndagire, were transferred from Masaka Regional Referral
Hospital to Rubaga Hospital at the request of their parents according the Hospital Director, Dr Florence Tugumisirize.

Tugumisirize said the rest of the students were responding well to the treatment and are now out of danger.

This comes barely a day eleven people were on Monday reported dead and 23 others injured in four separate motor accidents that happened along Gulu-Juba road over the weekend.

The accidents involved a Fuso Truck travelling from Mbale to Juba that overturned at Atiak Trading Centre in Amuru District killing three and injuring four people.

The injured were rushed to Atiak Health center IV, St Mary’s Hospital Lacor and Gulu referral hospital where they are receiving medical treatment.

In another accident that occurred on Saturday morning, a Bakulu bus was involved in a head-on collision with a Toyota Land cruiser at Pageri village in Lugono, South Sudan, killing two people and injuring two others. The bus was travelling from Juba and headed for Kampala.

On the same day, a Baby Coach bus was also involved in a head-on collision at Godon hill in South Sudan at 8:30am while overtaking a truck, killing two people and injuring 23 others.

While a Toyota Noah vehicle overturned along Juba- Gulu highway, killing four people and injuring four others.

Some of the Bus accidents this year
On August 20, another bus accident along Mbarara-Kabale road left one person dead and five others injured.

On August 18, at least seven people were confirmed dead, 20 others critically injured in an accident involving two buses; belonging to Gaagaa and KK bus companies plying Kampala-Gulu highway.

On July 29, four people died on spot in accident occurred at Namusi Trading Centre along Mbale- Soroti Highway when a Teso Coach bus rammed into a Toyota Corona vehicle.

On July 16, Sixteen people were critically injured and hospitalized following a motor accident that occurred 40 kilometres from the South Sudan Boarder post of Nimule after the bus- belonging Bakulu Bus Company- they were travelling in overturned.

On July 9 this year, one person died on spot while three others sustained multiple fractures following the fatal accident involving a passenger bus and a Fuso lorry.

Another bus heading to Hoima District from Kampala overturned in Kiboga District on April, killing four of its occupants and injuring more than 27.

At least two passengers died instantly in a bus accident along Kampala-Masaka highway on June 20, this year. The accident which involved a bus, Savana Coaches registration UAB 727S coming from Kanungu to Kampala with another truck occurred at Nabyewangwa near Masaka.

On June 4, a military officer attached to the UPDF 2nd Division headquarters in Mbarara District died on spot after his car collided with a bus, one kilometre outside the town on the Mbarara-Masaka road.

On June 3, this year over 45 pilgrims returning to various districts like Kasese, Fort portal and Kyenjojo survived with injuries an accident when a bus in which they were traveling lost control and overturned.

A bus driver died on January 28 at Mulago Hospital following a motor accident that involved a semi-trailer, which was heading to Kampala from Gulu Town and a bus belonging to ACANADIRO Transporters.