By ELLY KARENZI
Police in Ibanda district are investigating circumstances surrounding road accident involving a Fusso lorry that left one person dead and 15 others with serious multiple injuries.
The fifteen people including men, women and children were rushed to Ibanda hospital and different clinics in Ibanda town where they are admitted in critical conditions in the morning hours of 9th July 2017.
Those admitted at Ibanda hospital where the www.mknewslink.com visited include Mr. Joseph Nuwamanya 46,his wife Melon Turyaheebwa 35, Leonarida Kabajungu 50,Gilbert Tumwijukye 20, Precious Nagaasha 3 years,Emmanuel Kakuru and Lonious Nyakato both are twins aged 19 years.
Others are Kamateneti 5 months, Charity Ainebyona, Garasi,Rogers Niwandinda. The police said that Jenerous Tumuranzye aged 11 years died instantly and her body was taken to Ruhoko health centre mortuary.
The police from Katongore post and Ibanda central police,said the accident occurred after the driver lost control in a sharp corner at Kyegwisa trading centre before the over speeding lorry bounced and hit the roadside .Eye witnesses say it overturned on the tarmac road at around 11.30 pm along Kazo- Ibanda road about 2Km to Ibanda municipal council. The driver is reportedly to have lost control due to alcohol influence.
Melon Turyaheebwa and his husband;Joseph Nuwamanya told our reporter in Ibanda hospital that the family was shifting and travelling from Katongore village in Migina parish, Kazo county in Kiruhura district heading to Kicuzi sub county in Ibanda district where they bought new land(Kibanja). They said that most of their property on lorry were destroyed including personal belongs, like beds and animals like goats and chicken.
But eye witnesses said the driver later took off and went into hiding as police are still hunting for him while the lorry was taken to Ibanda central police in Ibanda municipal.
When the www.mknewslink visited the victims in the hospital found some of the victims were improving they were able to sit on their hospital beds and greet relatives who came to visit them.