31 Admitted After Bus Accident along Kampala Mbarara Highway

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The victims, most of them Muslims, were heading to their homes to mark Eid-al-Adha celebrations with their families.

31 people have been admitted at the Masaka Regional Referral hospital after they were involved in a bus accident.
 
 The accident occurred this morning, along the Kampala-Mbarara highway, at Kaddugala junction in Masaka district.
 
The driver of the Isuzu Bus registration Number UAP 046 H lost control and overturned, leaving several people injured. The bus belongs to Swift Safaris Bus Company.
 
The victims that are languishing at Masaka hospital include 5 Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) army officers that were heading to Mbarara, three women and 21 men.
 
Joel Kasule Ogwal, the Greater Masaka Regional Traffic Officer, has identified the UPDF officers as Lance corporals Namara Sharon, Tushabe Samson, Vicent Bukwamwinye and Muhereza Evans, and Private Twakire Jonah, who were travelling to Mbarara and Bushenyi districts.
 
A boy and his father are in worrying condition as they were taken unconscious to hospital. They have been identified as the minor 4 years old Rayan Ali and his father Atifu Asibara, residents of Busega Zone, a suburb in Kampala.
 
Kasule says that the bus left Kampala for Mbarara very early in the morning. According to information sourced from one of the survivors Mukalazi George, the driver was speeding. 
 
He says that although no death has been registered, many victims have suffered serious injuries to their limbs.
 
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Kasule says the bus has been towed to Masaka Central Police Station.
 
Police have started a hunt for the driver who reportedly disappeared shortly after the accident.
 
The victims, most of them Muslims, were heading back home to mark Eid-al-Adha celebrations with their families.