According to residents, several people aboard the Fuso truck were killed and police have since recovered the body parts of some of the victims while others are believed to be trapped under the truck.
Michael Openytho, an accountant with the Office of the Prime Minister based in Arua district is in trouble for knocking dead a boda boda rider and his two passengers. Openytho is in custody at Arua Central Police Station.
He is wanted for knocking dead Alex Feni, a boda boda rider, Joseph Tabule, a teacher at Ringili Primary School and his wife Loyce Andezu, all residents of Kuluva trading center in Vurra County.
John Ekollo, the Officer in Charge of Arua Central Police Station, says the accident occurred on New Year’s Day at Ewava primary school along Arua- Nebbi high way. According to Ekullo, Openytho was driving to Kampala and crushed the trio as he attempted to overtake another vehicle, about six kilometers from Arua town.
“After knocking the trio dead, the vehicle veered off the road and plunged into a big tree,” said Ekollo. He says although the vehicle registration number UAX 500W was damaged, Openytho was pulled out without any injuries.
Police attributes the accident to reckless driving, adding that Openytho will appear in court this week. Police has handed over the bodies of the accident victims to their relative for burial later today at Kuluva as investigations are ongoing.
In another incident, seven people escaped death narrowly on Tuesday afternoon after the vehicle registration number UAL 209L they were traveling in burst its right rear tyre and overturned three times near Ogoko health center three along Arua-Wadelai-Pakwach road.
According to police, seven occupants were travelling to attend a funeral service at Pawor Sub County in Lower Madi constituency. A medical doctor only identified as Orach, one of the occupants who was seating in the co-driver’s seat sustained cuts on his right arm.
Six people died in West Nile region over the New Year break according to the Regional Traffic Officer, Washington Labeja.
Six people are receiving treatment in Lacor Hospital for injuries sustained in a bus accident along Gulu – Kitgum road last night.
The bus registration number UAQ 045Q belonging to HMK bus Company, was heading to Kitgum district from Kampala via Gulu. The incident happened in Ajanyi Village in Cwero Parish, Paicho Sub County at about 8pm. Police blames the accident on reckless driving.
The injured were identified as Patrick Otto, Concy Oyella, a nurse attached to Kitgum hospital, Irene Lakot – a resident of Lacekocot, Godwin Obong, Moses Akera and a five year old minor.
Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa Region Police Spokesperson says the minor got trampled over during a stampede to evacuate the vehicle that landed on its left side.
Stephen Kiiza, the driver of the bus is on the run.
Dr Cyprian Opira, the Executive Director of Lacor Hospital told Uganda Radio network on phone that he is yet to be briefed on the condition of the casualties.
Gulu – Kitgum road is currently under construction with numerous humps and diversions.
Police in Arua is on spot for failing to summon and arrest Fr. Pius Yobuta, the Priest of Christ the King Parish, Arua Town for causing accident.
Fr Yobuta’s vehicle, a Toyota Premio rammed into passengers on the roadside on Saturday killing one person and critically injuring five others. Eye witnesses say that the vehicle lost control in the hands of a female only identified as Rose, a learner under instruction.
It had three other occupants who all escaped unhurt. The other occupants of the vehicle were identified as Gasper Ezati Ezaruku, a Christian and Rev Father Charles Idraku, the parish priest of Ragem Parish.
The dead is identified as Rukia Nyivuru, a 56 year-old mother of five. The injured include Saidi Siraji, 20, Night Adiru, 20, and three minors, all children of the deceased.
Night Adiru, one of the victims says they were seated by the roadside when they were hit by the car. Adiru says while, the five people were injured, the mother of the three kids died shortly after reaching Hospital.
Adiru adds that the family has decided to transfer the three critically injured children to Mulago hospital, while one is still admitted at Rhema hospital in Arua. She says the three are still on oxygen support.
However, families of the victims are concerned that three days after the tragedy, the vehicle owner, driver and other occupants have not been summoned to police.
When URN visited the police, the accident file had no statement on record. Save for the names of the victims, Father Yobuta and two other occupants, the woman who was driving the car has no identity recorded on file. Family members suspect foul play in the investigation process.
Though Adiru admits that Yobuta paid for the funeral of the dead and is also paying for the medical bills of the injured, she wants the police to act so that justice can prevail.
The Toyota Premio car is currently parked at Arua Central Police Station. Attempts to get official comments from the police proved futile since both the Regional Public Relations Officer for West Nile Josephine Angucia and the District Police Commander were not available in the office.
However, a source within the Police who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to journalists confirmed the accident. He says by the female driver had no driving permit and was undergoing driving lessons.
Our reporter was turned away by lay attendants when he visited Christ the King Parish to speak to Fr Pius Yobuta. Attendants said that the priest couldn’t see visitors because he is on bed rest.
By Robert Ssegawa
Seven people sustained severe injuries in an accident along the northern bypass.
The accident occurred when an over speeding local government vehicle number LG 0016-28 control and rammed into a lorry registration UAU 330T carrying charcoal yesterday morning.
Mwamba Abdul OC Traffic Nateete police attributed the accident to reckless driving, and driving under the influence of alcohol. The injured are undergoing treatment at Mulago hospital.