Three perish in YY Bus accident on Mbale-Tirinyi road

Several other passengers sustained injuries and are currently receiving medical attention at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital.

The YY Bus that got involved in an accident on Mbale-Tirinyi Road. Three people have been confirmed dead. Photo | Courtesy

KIBUKU, UGANDA: Three people died on the spot and several others survived with injuries in a tragic road accident that occurred at Saala village in Kibuku district along the Mbale-Tirinyi highway on Wednesday night.

The accident occurred at around 8:30 pm when the Bus attached to YY Coaches of Reg No UBG 400C that was travelling from Kampala to Mbale lost control and veered off the road before the bus overturned killing three people on the spot and wounding an unknown number.

The deceased have been identified as Mohammed Ntege, the bus driver and resident of Namakwekwe ward in the Mbale City Northern City Division, and two minors whose identities are yet to be established.

North Bukedi police spokesperson, Ms Immaculate Alaso said the YY bus with registration number UBG 400C was travelling from Kampala to Mbale when the driver lost control and the vehicle overturned several times.

Alaso stated that the police have launched an investigation into the accident to determine its cause. The names of the injured passengers have not yet been disclosed.

“Police have launched an investigation into the cause of the accident and more details are to be availed in due course.”

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“The police will continue with operations to crackdown on reckless drivers and those without valid driving permits especially on major roads,” she added.

The police regional spokesperson also urged drivers to follow the traffic rules and guidelines.

“The passengers should alert the police of any driver[s] that have persisted and refused to abide by the police regulations by either speeding or overloading beyond their capacity.”

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By press time, the bodies of the deceased had been transported to Mbale Regional Referral Hospital along with the injured survivors of the accident for further medical treatment.

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