The Police preliminary findings indicate that the cause of the accident was by the Gateway Bus driver who tried to overtake in the corner, but failed to keep his side hence knocking the oncoming bus head on.
A total of 40 casualties of the Tuesday night accident in Bukedea district are undergoing treatment at Mbale
Regional Referral Hospital.
The head-on- collision involving two buses, a Wanagon Isuzu Coach UAR
293M and Gateway Nissan UAH 781Z happened around 10:00pm near Opiko stage
in Kachumbala Sub County.
Wanagon Coach was returning to Soroti from
Kampala while the Gateway Bus was heading to Kampala from Moroto.
According to the Police, two male adults died on spot while another
female adult died
on her way to Kumi Orthopedic Hospital.
In a statement
released by Police Public Relations Officer in charge of Traffic and Road Safety, Faridah
Nampiima on Wednesday morning, 40 casualties were evacuated from the buses and
rushed for treatment in Mbale. They included 25 male adults, ten female adults,
four male juveniles, and one female juvenile.
The Police preliminary findings indicate that the cause of
the accident was by the Gateway Bus driver who tried to overtake in a corner,
but failed to keep his side hence knocking the oncoming bus head on.
Nampiima said that the driver of the Gateway bus is on run
while the Wanagon Coach driver was rushed to Mbale Referral Hospital for
treatment. The identities of the victims of the accident have not yet
been released by the Police or Mbale Hospital.
However, the East Kyoga Regional
Police Spokesman, Oscar Gregg Ageca says that two UPDF officers and a policeman
are among the casualties. He identifies them as Sgt.
Ongodia, a UPDF officer attached to Gadaffi Military Barracks and Sgt. Alone
Mumbere attached to Napak district. The Police officer, Musa Forgod is
attached to Serere CPS.
Brenda Ristana, a mother of four children who is one of the
survivors says she had slept off when the accident
happened. Ristana who was on her way to Kampala for treatment says she
woke up because of the loud sound of the collision. She is among the five
survived without physical injuries. Her four children were equally