Apac Accident Death Toll up to Seven

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The death toll from the fatal accident that occurred in Apac district on Saturday evening has grown to seven. Bisantina Angwec of Aruda village in Oyam district died last evening at Lira Regional Referral Hospital. Four other accident victims were last night flown to Mulago Hospital aboard a UPDF helicopter to receive urgent treatment. Jacqueline Nabujano, a medical doctor from Mulago who is in Lira to help with the more than 100 accident victims, says the patients have been admitted to 3B Emergency Ward in Mulago. The four are Connie Angwec, Josephine Amutu, Esther Akello and Emmanuel Okello. Dr. Nabujano says the patients suffered from severe injures and concussions. About ten senior medical officials from Mulago are on standby to assist treat the patients in Lira. The fatal accident occurred late on Saturday night when a lorry transporting about 135 people from a Christian convention in Boroboro overturned at Apii Trading Center in Apac. Five people were killed on the spot. The accident victims are admitted in health centers and hospitals in Lira and Apac. Many of the accident victims were from relatively poor families in Oyam district. To meet their medical costs the Lango community in Kampala has raised more than five million shillings and an assortment of drugs. Benson Obua Ogwal, secretary of the Lango Parliamentary Group, says the MPs contributed two million shillings and the rest of the money was raised by concerned people from the Lango sub-region. Residents of Lira town have organized their own fundraising appeal. According to the office of the Chief Administrative Officer seven million shillings has been raised in addition to four sacks of used clothes and an assortment of drugs and food items. Meanwhile investigations into the accident are still ongoing. The lorry driver, who fled after the accident, is still on the run. Some of the accident victims claim the driver was over speeding when he lost control of the vehicle.