20 die in Fort Portal bus accident, 6 in Budaka

The wreckage of the Link bus involved in an accident.

Twenty people have died after a Link bus got involved in an accident at Sebitoli village 2km kilometres from Fort Portal City on Kampala Road.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) Traffic and Road Safety Department of the Police, ASP Faridah Nampiima, says seven of the dead are children while 13 are adults in the accident that happened at around 10:30am on Wednesday.

The PRO told the press that the accident involved a link bus registration number UBA 003S careered into a tea estate beside a motorway as it travelled from Fort Portal Tourism City to the capital Kampala.

“Out of the twenty, 11 are male and nine are female,” she says adding that their particulars will be availed in due course.

Ms Nampiima says the injured were rushed to Buhinga Regional Referral Hospital while the dead are at the same hospital for postmortem.

Photographs posted on social media show emergency services trying to extract survivors from the mangled wreckage.

It is one of the deadliest accidents in Uganda in recent years.

Road accidents are not uncommon in Uganda where roads are often narrow and covered in potholes.

In a similar incident, six people died today when two vehicles got involved in an accident at Mailo tano along Mbale-Tirinyi Road in Budaka district.

ASP Nampiima says the accident that involved a Raum vehicle registration number UAT 995A and a taxi Toyota Hiace registration number UBJ 676W took place at 0600hrs.

She attributes the accident to over speeding by the taxi.

By press time, both drivers were on the run and police efforts to arrest them went on.

“We want to caution all road users to be disciplined while on the road. Most of the accidents are as a result of human errors that are avoidable once we drive carefully and responsibly,” ASP Nampiima says.

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