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Four Passengers Severely Injured in Amuru Road Accident

The accident occurred around Bibiya Trading Centre, along the Uganda-Nimule road about 11-kilometres from Elegu. The speeding bus that was being driven by one Douglas Ssentongo rammed into the Tipper lorry bearing a faded South Sudan number plate SSD-9S that was parked by the road.
12 May 2021 17:29
Wreckage of the Busia bound Rock Bus involved in accident after knocking a stationary Tipper Lorry in Amuru District - Aswa Police Courtesy Photo
Four people are hospitalized at Atiak Health Centre IV in Amuru District with severe injuries after a Busia bound Rock Bus they were travelling in knocked a Tipper lorry. The bus registration number UAK 935T with 10 passengers on board had just left Elegu Township, at the Uganda-South Sudan border destined for Busia at Uganda’s border with neighbouring Kenya.

The accident occurred around Bibiya Trading Centre, along the Uganda-Nimule road about 11-kilometres from Elegu. The speeding bus that was being driven by one Douglas Ssentongo rammed into the Tipper lorry bearing a faded South Sudan number plate SSD-9S that was parked by the road.

David Ongom Mudong, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson said that the fire and rescue team from Elegu Police Station swiftly responded and evacuated the injured for treatment. He added that no fatality was recorded but the affected passengers whose particulars are yet to be established suffered multiple injuries and fractures.

He said that the police are still conducting more inquiries to ascertain the cause of the accident which has been recorded at Elegu Police Station.

The Gulu-Elegu highway built in 2012 to link up Uganda and South Sudan has recorded over 20 fatal accidents in 2020 and a dozen of injuries due to over speeding, reckless driving and poor road usage by both pedestrians and motorists. In 2020, Aswa River Region recorded up to 510 road crashes.

Overall, the country recorded up to 12,858 crashes according to the 2020 annual police report released in April, a reduction of 4.7 per cent compared to 12,249 incidents registered in 2019.