Driver On The Run As Bus Overturns In Gulu

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In short
Five people were this morning seriously injured in a bus accident along Customs Corner road near Lacor in Gulu town. The bus, Friendship Coach registration number UAU708B, was on its way to Kampala from Adjumani when it overturned at about 10am. Siraje Kakaire, the driver of the bus is on the run and is being pursued by the police.

Five people were this morning seriously injured in a bus accident along Customs Corner road near Lacor in Gulu town.
 
The bus, Friendship Coach registration number UAU708B, was on its way to Kampala from Adjumani when it overturned at about 10am.
 
Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa regional police spokesperson, told URN that the driver was driving recklessly while hurrying to get more passengers at Delta Petrol station in Gulu town. According to Okema, although the road is under construction, the driver of the bus tried to overtake another vehicle which made the bus to overturn.
 
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Three children were among the five people who were rushed to Lacor hospital. The victims were identified as Agnes Lanyero, Mwa Solomon, Rebecca Yob and Kihika Patrick.
 
Siraje Kakaire, the driver of the bus is on the run and is being pursued by the police. The bus is still at the scene of the accident and is to be inspected by the inspector of vehicles in the police.
 
Last week, police said they would introduce bus check points after seven people were killed and 20 others critically injured in an accident involving two buses plying Kampala-Gulu highway.

 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.