Three dead, over 60 injured after bus carrying players collides with truck on Lira-Soroti highway

Lango Province posted this picture on Saturday at 11pm showing the wrekage of the minibus in which its players and fans were traveling. Photo/ courtesy

Lira, (UG):- At least three people died on Saturday night and over 60 others seriously hurt after a minibus carrying football players of Lango Province team collided with a Fuso truck along the Lira-Soroti highway.

The crash involved the minibus of motor vehicle Reg No UBL 851Z Coaster carrying Lango Province football players coming from Dokolo side heading towards Lira-City and the Fuso truck, vehicle Reg No UBA 200J Lorry Fuso fighter travelling from Lira to Soroti.

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The minibus belonging to Dokolo School of Nursing en route from Dokolo District to Lira City collided with the truck transporting guests from attending a traditional marriage ceremony in Lira City.

“Our team travelling from Dokolo to Lira this evening (Saturday) from a friendly match with Dokolo Select has got an accident in Abutadi, and casualties have been rushed to the nearest health facility,” Lango Province posted on their X handle on Saturday night.

Police speaking of the fatal accident attributed the collision to speeding by the truck driver which left the three passengers dead on the spot.

“…Upon reaching Abutadi along Lira-Soroi highway, the driver of the Fuso who was allegedly speeding lost control and collided with the Coaster killing three people on the spot,” said SP Patrick Jimmy Okema, the North Kyoga Region Police Spokesperson.

Mr Okema added that the truck driver later handed himself over to Kaberamaido police station while the minibus driver is among the 60 currently admitted at Lira Regional Referral Hospital for treatment.

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