BUKEDEA, UGANDA: At least three people have been confirmed dead and more than 30 passengers nursing injuries after a head-on collision involving two buses in Bukedea district on Tuesday evening.
According to Traffic Police PRO, MS. Faridah Nampiima, an Isuzu bus Reg. No. UAR 293M belonging to Wanagon Coaches collided with another of Reg. No. UAH 781Z belonging to Gateway bus services at Kachumbala village along Mbale Soroti highway in Bukedea district.
“The territorial Police in Bukedea last night the 14th June 2022, at round 2140/c registered a fatal accident involving my reg no UAR 293M an izuzu bus belonging to wanagon coaches driven and motor vehicle reg no UAH 781Z Nissan belonging to gateway Bus service,” Ms. Nampiima said in a police statement.
According to Nampiima, preliminary findings indicate that the cause of the accident was by the Gateway Bus driver who tried to overtake in the corner and failed to keep his near side hence Knocking the an on coming bus head-on.
She confirmed the fatalities as two male adults and one female adult while 35 victims are currently admitted to Mbale regional referral hospital and Kumi orthopedic centre for treatment.
“Two male adults died on spot while one female adult died on her way to Kumi orthopedic center, 35 victims of which 20male adults, ten female adults, four male juveniles, and one female juvenile were rushed to Mbale referral hospital and kumi orthopedic center,” Nampiima said.
According to eyewitnesses, many passengers sustained life-threatening injuries and it is estimated that the number of fatalities could rise as some were extracted using axes to cut the bus wreckages.
Several road crashes have been reported since the beginning of this year, the most horrific being a bus accident that happened early last month in which 23 people died and several others got hurt after a bus owned by Link Bus Service that was heading to Kampala from Fort Portal overturned along Fort Portal-Kyenjojo road.