Lira partying youth: Death toll from crash rises to four

Nov 14, 2023

Two people died on the spot while another died from hospital hours later when the mini truck they were travelling in was crushed by a Fuso lorry on the night of Thursday, November 9. 

Some of the victims were rushed to Lira Regional Referral Hospital and others to Giftlife Health Clinic for treatment. (Credit: Hudson Apunyo)

Hudson Apunyo
Journalist @New Vision

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LIRA - The death toll from an accident involving a lorry and a group of youth who were moving on a tricycle trailer headed to a nightclub has risen to four. 

11 youths from the Tesobar area in Lira City West Division were headed to a disco dance at The Rock located along Lira-Soroti Highway when tragedy struck.

The mini truck they were travelling in was crushed by a Fuso lorry killing two on the spot and another died later in hospital.

Two people died on the spot while another died from hospital hours later when the mini truck they were travelling in was crushed by a Fuso lorry on the night of Thursday, November 9. 

Joshua Ayo, 16, who had sat Primary Leaving Examinations days before at Lira Modern Primary School, sustained critical injuries to the head and fractured a right leg. He breathed his last at Lira Regional Referral Hospital’s emergency unit on Monday at around 1:00 pm. 

“We struggled but we were defeated, he passed on at around 1 pm,” Lameck Okello, the deceased’s elder brother said. 

This now brings to two the number of PLE candidates at Lira Modern Primary School who perished in the accident. The other is Innocent Oyanga, 16, who died in hospital hours after the incident. 

The others who lost their lives are Samuel Obua, 18, and Okwee Kizito, 22, a student of Uganda Martyrs University. 

The accident happened when a Fuso Fighter registration number UAW 395P, crushed the tricycle registration number UEC 698A, on the Lira-Kamdini highway at Adyel near Standard High School. 

Some of the victims were rushed to Lira Regional Referral Hospital and others to Giftlife Health Clinic for treatment. 

The Fuso in question is from a fleet that transports vendors to the market but there is outcry in Lira that such vehicles have become a menace to the public after being involved in a number of fatal crashes. 

Recently a vehicle from the fleet knocked the LC3 chairperson of Bata Sub-County and according to eyewitnesses reversed to finish him off but was deterred by onlookers who made an alarm and he escaped with a broken limb. 

Mathew Okwir Mulumba, the North Kyoga regional Traffic Police officer, said he was out of station but would return to take action. 

“We are looking at stopping the vehicles from moving on roads,” he said.

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