At least seven people are confirmed dead, 20 others are critically injured in an accident involving two buses plying Kampala-Gulu highway this afternoon. Scores also sustained minor injuries.
Savannah Regional Police Spokesperson Lameck Kigozi explains that the tragedy occurred at Wabigalo village near Nakasongola town when a Gaaga Services Bus registration number UAU 975 H rammed into a KK Coach registration number UAM 104H which was attempting to overtake another vehicle.
The latter was heading to Paidha while the Gaaga Bus was destined for Kampala. The buses were estimated to have a maximum of 120 passengers on board by the time of the accident.
Kigozi adds that both buses swerved off the road and overturned killing at least six people on the spot. another victim dies enroute to hospital. Their identities were still unknown by press time. Kigozi says that rescuers have rushed the injured to Nakasongola Army Hospital while others are still attempting to remove bodies stuck in the wreckage.
One of the survivors of the accident is local artist Khalifah Aganaga who was travelling from Koboko aboard the Gaaga bus. He has been transferred to Nsambya hospital with minor injuries.
Harrison Balisemera, an eyewitness also blamed the accident on Gaaga bus driver who looked impatient and wanted to overturn before ascertaining whether the road ahead was clear. He also faulted him for over speeding.
Last week Members of Parliament Julius Junjura Bigirwa of Buhaguzi County, Jimmy Akena (Lira Municipality), and Alex Ruhunda (Fort Portal Municipality) survived a nasty accident when their car was knocked by a bus at the same scene.
According to Minster for Works and Transport Abraham Byandala the country loses sh800b per year in accidents. The Money is lost in treatment of patients in hospitals, cost of investigation of the accidents, damage to vehicles and property among others.
According to Police report of 2013, road accidents claimed more than 3,000 people in 2012. Another 13,137 people received permanent bodily deformities like loss of legs, arms as a result of road accidents, while 1,755 people received minor injuries.