An accident involving a bus belonging to Robyln Coaches in Nakasongola district along Kampala-Gulu highway has claimed the lives of seven people and left nine others critically injured.
Some of the dead have been identified as Mathew Stanley Ochora, a teacher at Jinja college SS, Johnson Akena from Kitgum municipality, Stella Namono from Mukono and Susan Akello.
The injured are Wilfred Oyilot (from Packwach), Christine Komugisha (Kayunga), Solomon Obalim (Agago), Lameck Okello (Kitgum), Gift Tumusiime (Hoima) and Moses Elaiu, the Lamwo district police commander.
The accident occurred at Namayonjo village at Wabigalo trading center in Nakasongola district around 1 am this morning. Patrick Lugonvu, the Namayonjo village LC 1 chairperson, says the driver of the bus, registration no. UAQ 643W destined for Kitgum rammed into a stationary tipper truck registration no. UAH 001Y ripping off some parts killing five of its own occupants on spot.
Two other passengers died this morning at Bishop Ceaser hospital. Lugonvu says that residents and traffic policemen later came to rescue of the injured before rushing them to Nakasongola health center IV for treatment and Nakasongola army hospital.
Charles Ssembabulidde, the traffic police spokesperson blamed the accident on reckless driving on the party of the bus driver and poor visibility at night.