Tuesday August 19 2014

Seven killed, 20 injured in Nakasongola accident

The wreckage of a bus that was involved in an accident

The wreckage of a bus that was involved in an accident on the Kampala-Gulu highway in Nakasongola District yesterday. Seven people are reported to have died and 20 others sustained serious after two buses collided at Sasira. PHOTO BY DAN WANDERA  

By Dan Wandera & Job Bwire

KAMPALA- Seven people have been killed and 20 others critically injured after two buses collided at Sasira Nakasongola District along Kampala-Gulu High way yesterday.

The accident occurred after a Gaaga bus heading to Kampala from Arua collided with a KK bus heading to Arua.
The Savannah regional police spokesperson, Mr Lameck Kigozi, confirmed the accident, attributing it reckless driving.

“Seven people died on the spot, including the driver of the Gaaga bus. About 20 are in a critical condition. They were rushed to Nakasongola Air Defence Division Hospital for medication,” he said.

Identifying the dead
However, Mr Kigozi further said police are still trying to identify the dead and the injured .

An eye witnesses, Mr Fred Lwata told Daily Monitor that the driver of the Gaaga bus was speeding and this could have caused the accident.

“Gaaga bus from Arua was speeding. As he tried to overtake another vehicle, he saw the KK bus approaching in the opposite direction but it was too late for him to avoid a head on collision,” said Mr Lwata.

Bus accidents
On July 19, 2013, at least 28 students of St Theresa Girls’ Secondary School in Masindi were injured in an accident after the bus they were traveling in overturned at Bamusuuta Village in Kakooge Sub County in Nakasongola district.

Another bus belonging to Swift Safari Bus Company overturned three times at Kaddugala Village, a few Kilometers off Masaka Town leaving 31 critically injured in October 2013.