One Dead as Bridge Caves in on Tirinyi Road

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One person has been confirmed dead after a bridge curved in at River Mpologoma on the Mbale-Tirinyi-Iganga road.

One person has been confirmed dead after a bridge curved in at River Mpologoma on the  Mbale-Tirinyi-Iganga road. 

According to police sources, a commuter taxi with 15 people on board was swept away today,Tuesday when the driver tried to go past the broken bridge. The fate of other passengers is yet known.

According to the Bukedi north police spokesperson Sowali Kamulya, the heavy downpour cut off two bridges on the highway that are currently under construction.

One of the bridges  is at Nabweyo village, some four kilometres from Tirinyi town, and another one at Lusaka village that is between Budaka and Tirinyi.

In a phone interview with URN, Kamulya confirmed  a taxi registration number UAY 808Y with 15 passengers on board was swept away as it tried to cross Nabweyo bridge.

Kamulya says the dead person has not yet been identified and by the time of filing this report police was in the process of  retrieving the taxi from the water to ascertain the exact number of people who would have perished. 

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Tirinyi-Mbale road is now cut off as traffic is being diverted to use the Bugiri-Tororo-Mbale road.

URN will bring the details....


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Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).