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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.

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Twenty-two people have been confirmed dead in the tragic accident which happened in Kiryandongo district on Friday evening.

The accident involved a Gaaga Bus registration number UAK 562 L and a cargo lorry registration number UAT 088 J / UAT 321 M while the third vehicle was a tractor registration number UAU 872 M.

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.

The incident happened in Nanda village, some 12 kilometers from Karuma Township in Nyamasha Parish, Mutunda Sub County, Kiryandongo district.

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 Gulu – Kampala 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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Rescuers backed by Police collected some bodies from around the wreckage of the vehicles while some were trapped inside or underneath their vehicles. MP Odonga Otto and Gilbert Olanya were part of the rescue mission.

Fourteen people hospitalized in Kiryandongo Referral Hospital are Joel Wasswa, Kintu Majid, Auma Gloria, Joshua Amonga, David Mutebi, Tenga Joshua, Okello Santos, Nuwangi Caleb, Robson Okello, Lauryn Amony, Simon Ojok, Nathan (Son to Jackie Apio), Joshua Agonya and Jackson Agona.

Majority of those hospitalized escaped with fractures and head injuries. Assistant Commissioner of Police Deo Obura, the Albertine regional police commander visited the accident scene alongside Assistant Superintendent of Police Irene Chelengat at about 1am before visiting those in hospital.

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