The causes of the fatal road crash were overspeeding, overloading and reckless driving, according to the North Kyoga Regional Police spokesperson, ASP Jimmy Patrick Okema.
Lira – January 10, 2022: Seven people have died after a Fuso lorry Reg. No: UBJ354G carrying traders from Ajuri market in Alebtong district overturned on its way to Lira City on Monday.
The incident happened at Alik-pot in Agali sub-county, Lira district in the evening.
Phone video shows area residents standing in shock at the scene of the crash – many were heard crying – some were seen helping the victims.
A driver of a private car arrived and would be heard saying “bring the child” and he was soon told “the baby was taken”, “bring those feeling unwell,” he added.
Voice of Lango FM Reporter who rushed to the scene reported earlier that many in critical condition were rushed to Lira Regional Referral Hospital.
Of the seven who are confirmed dead, five are males and two females – a source says. More two died on Tuesday: a mother and her months old baby. Both were admitted at Lira Regional Referral Hospital.
“Preliminary findings indicate over speeding by the driver, overloading and reckless,” ASP Jimmy Okema told Journalists on Monday evening.
“It’s a very unfortunate incidence,” Okema adds, appealing to road users to always observe road safety rules and regulations to avoid or reduce such road carnage.
Last year, preliminary figures showed more than 20 people had died in road crashes in the Lira district alone, by October. The figures could have gone up in the months of November and December of the same year.