Twenty two passengers who were aboard Gaagaa bus from Lira town heading to Kampala City on Friday are all dead.
This follows an accident which occurred at a place called Nanda, few kilometers from Karuma town in Kiryandongo district.
The 7pm (departure time) bus with registration number UAK 567L left Lira town with over 40 customers on board.
Twenty died instantly and others got wounded. The deceased people include children who were returning to their different schools for term II education.
Among those dead was a bicycle cyclist who was knocked by the bus; tractor driver, truck driver and those with whom he was traveling and whose names are not yet known.
Others died on their way to and from Kiryandongo Hospital in Kiryandongo district which is few kilometers from the accident scene.
Earlier on, one of the Gaagaa senior employees who spoke to TND News on Friday at 23:20pm on condition of anonymity said all staff died, adding that: “Death toll stands at 42 now.”
This numbers was corrected by Uganda Police on Saturday.
According to eyewitnesses, the bus had a head-on with a tractor which was crossing the road, rammed over it before the bus hit another truck coming from Kampala side.
ASP Okello Charles, the Kiryandongo District Police Commander (DPC) confirmed the tragedy, adding that rescue processes was ongoing.
Uganda Police spokesperson, Emilian Kayima said 19 people, three juveniles died, a figure not matching what eyewitnesses reported earlier on.
Police spokesperson said four were female and twelve male, promising to avail details as they come in.
However, on Saturday, Emilian Kayima told journalists the true numbers of dead people was 22.
This is the deadliest road accident in recent years and the most heartbreaking to have happened in a single road accident.
The following people whose names are below had booked their seat, reports say they all died.
Leo, Bogere, David, Abdul, Cosea, Sony, Arthur, Robson, Jimmy, Simon, Joel, Jacky, Josua.
Others: Thembo Sampson who was the Kole district Water officer and Geoffrey Olet, the former Internal Auditor of Kole were among those dead.
Two people only identified as Jimmy who was working with Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Lira and a one Levi, a counsel also passed on.
In pain: Gloria Akullu survived with broken leg while others were taken to Kiryandongo hospital according to Police.
Leaders deliver condolences
“Felix Okot Ogong, the Dokolo South MP who also doubles at Lango Parliamentary Chairperson said thus: “On behalf of Lango Parliamentary Group and my own behalf wish to express shock upon a tragic accident that happened this evening (yesterday) Friday involving Lira bone bus heading to Kampala that claimed many lives from Lango. We extend our sincere sympathies and condolences to the
bereaved families and offer our unfettered prayer to the injured for quick recovery.”
Julius Peter Moto, Uganda’s Ambassador to United Kingdom, London, wrote: “On behalf of Uganda High Commission in London, my family and on my own behalf, i condole with the families of the travelers who lost their lives this evening (Friday) 25/5/2018, resulting from the collision between Gaagaa and tractor at Nanda. May God comfort the bereaved families and lay their departed souls in eternal rests. May the wounded get well soon. High Commissioner, Julius Peter Moto, London.”