NAKASONGOLA. Five people have been confirmed dead and three others critically injured in an accident at Namayonjo village, Nakasongola along the Kampala- Gulu highway.
The accident which occurred around 10:50 pm involved two cars, a Toyota Hiace registration number UBD 061D belonging to Pepsi Cola, a Pick-Up UAX 182F loaded with chicken and an unidentified motorcycle.
Among the dead were two brothers Ivan Buyinza and Bernard Bakobe Ssekeba, all residents of Namayonjo village. They were riding a motorbike from Wabigalo Trading Centre to their home when the tragedy occurred. The other victims of the accident had not been identified by the time of filing the report
Patrick Lugonvu, a resident at Namayonjo village says that the driver of the Gulu-bound Toyota Hiace lost control while trying to dodge a pothole and knocked the motorcyclist. The vehicle then collided with the pickup which was heading in the opposite direction.
Paul Kangave, the Savannah Regional Police Spokesperson says that Police Officers from Nakasongola Central Police Station rushed to the scene and transferred the injured to Nakasongola Military Hospital for treatment. The dead were taken to Nakasongola Health Center IV.
Kangave says that Police managed to clear the road to ease traffic flow. The wreckage of the cars and motorbike were towed to Nakasongola Central Police Station at night.
A number of nasty accidents have occurred along the Kampala-Gulu highway in recent weeks. Among them was an accident that claimed the lives of 23 people and injured 14 others. The accident involved a Gaaga Bus registration number UAK 562 L and a cargo lorry registration number UAT 088 J / UAT 321 M and a tractor registration number UAU 872 M.
Another accident involved Charles Angiro Gutumoi, the Erute County North MP who sustained a fracture on the leg. Gutumoi, who was driving his Toyota Noah, veered off his lane and collided with a Fuso Lorry at the Karuma Bridge.