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8 injured as Gaagaa bus knocks dead elephant in Nwoya

The knocked elephant

The knocked elephant

Eight people sustained injuries following a bus accident that took place along the Pakwach–Karuma highway, in Nwoya district.   

The accident occurred on Wednesday night, when a Kampala-bound Gaagaa bus, registration number UAL 158Z from Paidha hit an elephant that was crossing the road, from Murchison Falls national park. 

The injured were identified Karim Twaha, the bust driver, Ismail Ramadhan, Aweka Sandra, David Tibito and Dr Christine Mpora. The other passengers include Derrick Rwothongeyo, Muhammad Ssegirinya and Oroma Francisca. They were all rushed to health facilities in Nwoya and Pakwach for treatment.  

Aswa River region police spokesperson ASP Patrick Jimmy Okema said that other passengers aboard the bus continued with their journey on a rescue bus that was sent by the company.  

In January, this year, one person was killed and nine others were critically injured in an accident involving a Gaagaa bus in Nakasongola district along the Kampala-Gulu highway.  

Comments

+5 #1 Lysol 2019-06-07 00:13
Did the elephant survive or it was offered for dinner to the locals as a roadkill?

These drivers should know how to drive defensively without causing unnecessary accidents.
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+5 #2 Lakwena 2019-06-07 08:22
As if bewitched; the Gaaga Bus Co. and drivers have really gone Gaaga.

The elephant knocked dead, is a public property (asset), for which Gaaga Bus Company must pay.

I hope the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) takes this accident seriously and compel Gaaga to pay for the dead elephant..

In other words, including e.g. road signs, which are being knocked down left, right and center; whoever destroys public property/ies must pay for its (recovery).
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+4 #3 Zaitun 2019-06-07 09:24
What has gone wrong with Ugandan drivers? Have they also adopted a system of eliminating innocent travelers?

On each day-break, we hear of nothing but a motor accident here and there, depriving families, clans and villages of their dear loved ones, leave alone those maimed for life.

From which driving schools have all these reckless drivers got their driving permits? Does the so-called responsible Ministry concerned carry out verification tests leading to the award of driving permits to these killers? If yes, then, they are held responsible for these unnecessary accidents.

At this rate, our country stands to be considered a dangerous country to tourists considering the absolute hooliganism and recklessness demonstrated by our drivers under NRM government that has remained quiet over these accidents.
It is an absolute "I do not care about your lives" attitude that annoys one most.
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+4 #4 Concerned Ugandan 2019-06-07 13:52
If this happened in a national park then indeed Gaaga must be held liable animals have right of way inside national parks and drivers are expected to exercise caution!
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0 #5 Aguda Denis 2019-06-09 09:49
I think we need to be very extra careful while making judgement, that Gaagaa bus driver should not be judged wrong yet by us making comments far away from the scene of accident location.

Unless the police preliminary investigation has confirmed him in wrong. Otherwise, the very elephant knocked dead could be in wrong by suddently crossing the road at so close range that the driver could not be able to rescure its life (elephant) suddenly breaking the bus.
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0 #6 rubangakene 2019-06-09 16:58
Speed control signs should be enforced through parks to avoid such tragedies.

Sorry for the injuries caused to the travellers but you know what; those in the vicinity are rather sharpening their knives to skin the beast and cure the meat, a welcome source of protein. "Uyaa, kom dek eno doo yaa, cam kikume eno ma ka kilongo ki kwon kabir ci mitte twere. Kiminiwa twoolo wek watii ikome oyot oyot!"
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