AT least 10 passengers are feared dead after a bus plunged into River Nile at Karuma bridge yesterday.
By Vision Reporters
AT least 10 passengers are feared dead after a bus plunged into River Nile at Karuma bridge yesterday. By press time, only one body of a boy of about six years had been recovered by a marine diver, James Rutara, who is part of the police air wing that flew in at 5:10pm.
"There was a body of a man I could feel in the bus, but the current was too high it could not allow me to bring him out," Rutara said.
Witnesses said two more bodies, including that of a woman, were pushed out of the bus and were seen floating downstream. The bus, belonging to Contour Bus Co., left Arua with 70 people, excluding children.
A total of 60 passengers were by 5:00pm rescued in a joint operation by the UPDF and residents, Police spokesman Eric Naigambi said.
Six people, including the driver of the bus, were admitted to Atapara hospital 6kms from the scene, Naigambi added.
By late afternoon, Police Headquarters had sent divers and a helicopter to help in the search. Naigambi said doctors from Mulago travelled with the Police team.
'10 killed' in Karuma bus crash