Ten People Perish in Lira-Gulu Road Accident

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The accident occurred barely 2km to Kamdini when a Pickup registration number UAP 374V was knocked down by a trailer registration number UAZ 579C, Wednesday afternoon.

The number of passengers who died during the motor accident along Lira-Gulu high way in Oyam district has risen to 10.

The accident occurred barely 2km to Kamdini when a Pickup registration number UAP 374V was knocked down by a trailer registration number UAZ 579C, Wednesday afternoon. The pickup was carrying traders from Kamdini market heading to Wirao village, in Aber Sub County. Seven people died on the spot.

They were identified as Geoffrey Onono the driver of the Pickup, Florence Oluge, Alice Akoc, Cijaria Akoc, Sarah Adongo, Rose Akello and Sidonia Akite. They were all residents of Wirao village.

Oyam District Police Commander Waiswa Najib says however that three more people died on arrival to Atapara hospital in Oyam district where they had been taken for treatment. They include Betty Alaba, Rose Akello and Grace Akude.
 
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Waiswa says seven other passengers are still admitted at Atapara hospital in critical condition.

Emmanuel Nyalo, the Assistant Human Resource manager of Sino-hydro Corporation Ltd, the company constructing the Karuma power dam who witnessed the accident says the trailer rammed into the Pick Up vehicle that was parked by the road side.

The trailer driver identified as Bernard Ssengendo is detained at Kamdini Police Station.
 

 

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Ronald Odongo
Ronald Odongo is the URN Bureau Chief Lira, Northern Uganda.A multimedia Journalist, Media trainer and investigative enthusiast. Lira,Apac,Dokolo,Oyam, Kwania, Otuke, Amolatar,and Alebtong districts fall under his docket. Odongo has been a URN staff member since 2012 though he had been a contributor since 2006.

Odongo started out as a bicycle reporter for Radio Unity in 2004. He was Radio Rhino FM's senior reporter, Luo news anchor and station producer between 2006 and 2011. Odongo started out as a freelance writer for Uganda Radio Network in 2006.

Odongo is particularly interested in reporting on community health, and education concerns. Good governance and human rights beats are dear to Odongo as a former Lord’s Resistance Army rebels captive 1996-1998.