Fatal Road Crash Kills 16-Year-Old Boy, Injures Over 100

By | August 9, 2023

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Police are investigating a fatal road crash that occurred on the Manafwa-Mbale road, resulting in the death of a 16-year-old boy and injuries to over 100 people. The crash involved a Tata lorry belonging to Bukusu Corporative Enterprise Limited, which was transporting students from Nakhupa Primary School. The driver, Godmas Mamai, was allegedly traveling at high speed when the vehicle lost control and overturned. The injured students are receiving medical attention at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital, while the driver is still at large. Police are urging adherence to safety regulations and guidelines for transporting passengers in trucks. Peter Sserugo reported

The police are currently conducting an investigation into the cause of a tragic road accident that occurred on Tuesday night along the Manafwa-Mbale road. This incident resulted in the death of a 16-year-old boy and left over 100 people injured. According to Mr. Michael Kananura, the spokesperson for the traffic police, the crash involved a Tata lorry owned by Bukusu Corporative Enterprise Limited, which was transporting students from Nakhupa Primary School.

It is alleged that the driver of the Tata lorry, identified as Godmas Mamai, was transporting students from Nakhupa Primary School when the vehicle lost control and overturned at Kufu along the Manafwa-Mbale Road. Mr. Kananura stated on Wednesday that the driver was traveling at high speed.

The police have shared that the injured students are currently receiving medical treatment at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital, while the body of the deceased, Thomas Naminayi, has been taken to the same hospital for a postmortem examination. Additionally, the driver of the vehicle is still at large, and the wreckage has been taken to Manafwa Police Station for a thorough inspection.

In light of this unfortunate incident, Mr. Kananura emphasized the importance of adhering to safety regulations and guidelines, reminding everyone that trucks are not designed to transport passengers. He also shared that last week alone, the police recorded 405 accidents resulting in 99 fatalities from 79 fatal road crashes. As a response to this alarming trend, the police have implemented new directives, stating that errant drivers will be arrested and charged in court instead of being issued express penalty tickets..

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