- The road on Kei is bumpy with undulating steep and hilly rough surface
- The school authorities had previously been issued with directives not to use tipper lorries for transporting students but to hire buses
- The driver of the school truck lost control and overturned twice as he avoided a head on collission
- 17 students remain admitted at Goli Health Center IV
By Okaba Patrick
NEBBI. At least three students of Uringi secondary school in the district have this morning been confirmed dead after their truck overturned on the bumpy road.
The students, who are members of Young Christian Students (YCS) were traveling for a Music Dance and Drama function at Nebbi Cathedral Parish. The Kei road has been a death trap for many years because of the hilly and steep nature of the road.
The police identified the deceased as Akech LindA, 16, A s3 student, Manano Isaac 18, a S4 student and a yet-to-be identified S.5 student.
The Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Josephine Angucia, confirmed that three out of the 62 students have died. The YCS function takes place annually where students travel from different schools to the Cathedral as a way of building their career in MDD and also strengthening the students spiritually. Police is yet to establish the name of the third student who died at Nebbi hospital.
One of the injured students being transferred to Nebbi hospital and being carried to board ambulance at Goli health center IV. Photo by Okaba.
“The truck had a brake failure and so the driver lost control on a sloppy areas as he tried to avoid head on collision. Police visited the scene and victims have all been rushed to Goli health centre IV and Nebbi hospital. Investigations under way. We have arrested the driver who is helping us with investigations,” she said.
The Chairman of the Old Boys and Girls Association, Rev Pons Ozelle, said: “Tragedy has befallen us and words cannot ably describe it. It calls for togetherness. Let us pool resources together to support our school in this tragedy.”
Seventeen students are undergoing treatment at Goli Health Center IV. Recently, the police had banned students from using lorries for any school function. The police advised the school authorities to hire buses for any school function.
In a related incident, students from Paidha were also involved in an accident. Four of them sustained injuries after they fell off from their truck. The students were also traveling for the music competition.