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22 confirmed dead in Kiryandongo accident

Twenty-two people have been confirmed dead in the tragic accident which happened in Kiryandongo district along the Kampala-Gulu highway last evening. 

The accident happened in Nanda village, some 12 kilometres from Karuma Township in Nyamasha parish, Mutunda sub-county, Kiryandongo district.
 
The accident involved a Gaaga bus registration number UAK 562L and a cargo lorry registration number UAT 088J /UAT 321M while the third vehicle was a tractor registration number UAU 872M.
 
The bus traveling from Lira district to Kampala hit the tractor from its rear before it rolled and collided with an oncoming cargo lorry transporting crates of beer.
 
Nineteen of those killed died on spot while three succumbed to injuries from Kiryandongo hospital where they had been rushed for treatment. Identities of the deceased are yet to be ascertained but only three were women.
 
Fifteen people were injured in the accident which happened at about 8pm and disrupted traffic on the highway for three hours. 
 
ASP Julius Allan Hakiza, the Albertine region police spokesperson says investigations indicates that the accident resulted from the tractor traveling without lights and over speeding.

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+2 #1 miki 2018-05-26 02:44
Sounds like another head-on accident that triggered off the chain of events.

As usual the authorities will come out with that tired 'reckless this, reckless that, over speeding this and that'.

Too much death on Ugandan roads and many of these from head-on collisions on non-descript roads where drivers headed in different directions have to guess which is their space.

What needs to be done is to ensure that all paved roads have highly visible signs and markings of the travelled surface, and also separate opposite directional traffic with physical barriers, The latter can reduce head-on collisions which often result in the high death numbers.
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+2 #2 miki 2018-05-26 02:57
Uganda's leaders and policy makers always find laughable spins about anything (Like when President Museveni says that the run-away crime in Uganda is because of too much peace) .

They will try to say that the increase in motor vehicle accidents/ fatalities is because of 'good' roads that are now paved.

This is not true. The fact is that Uganda has continued with poor road designs passed down to it by the British. The same mistake is being done on new roads or even those being upgraded from tarmac to bitumen.
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+5 #3 Odongkara 2018-05-26 10:29
God give eternal rest to the departed souls and comfort the grieving families and friends.

It's a national tragedy that will be felt mainly by the north of the country.
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-2 #4 juwait kali 2018-05-26 14:39
At the end of the day these are stupid third world countries with their third world leaders. After this they will collect their salary and go to the bar today.

Accidents happened yesterday, will happen today, tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. Am glad I don't leave there. Otherwise speeding is the problem.
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+1 #5 obaropatrick 2018-05-26 16:15
May The Almighty God rest the souls of the departed bus accident victims eternal peace.

May He promote quick recovery and healing for injured still admitted in different hospitals. Amen
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+3 #6 Jackie S 2018-05-26 16:49
Damn that tractor without lights! I saw it myself. I think the owner should be locked up forever.

Was on Gulu highway last night and hardly had we left Kiryandongo than we got the tragic news. Tractor was on the road but u could barely see it until u got sooooo close or flashed full lights. Sad! Very sad!!
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0 #7 Lakwena 2018-05-28 11:10
Quoting Jackie S:
Damn that tractor without lights! I saw it myself. I think the owner should be locked up forever.

Was on Gulu highway last night and hardly had we left Kiryandongo than we got the tragic news. Tractor was on the road but u could barely see it until u got sooooo close or flashed full lights. Sad! Very sad!!


Jackie S, tractors without lights and driven in pitch darkness, is one of the characteristics of the culture of fatalism and "How the poor die".

You would not be surprised, how the drivers of such farm equipment brag at their drinking joints; how they can even drive their death machine with eyes closed.
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