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Death toll from Oyam accident climbs to five

By Hudson Apunyo, Saidi Engola

Added 19th January 2017 04:38 PM

The victims were from Kulu Modo in Goch Goma Sub County in Nwoya district

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Police from Oyam, Kiryandongo and Nwoya at the scene of accident. Photo by Saidi Engola

The victims were from Kulu Modo in Goch Goma Sub County in Nwoya district

The number of people killed in an accident that occured in Oyam district on Wednesday evening has risen to five after an injured victim passed away.

Four people were killed on the spot and others injured when a lorry they were travelling in loaded with produce overturned near Karuma, on the Karuma- Kamdini-Gulu Highway.

The victims were from Kulu Modo in Goch Goma Sub County in Nwoya district and the lorry was loaded with simsim and soya beans.

The injured were taken to Kiryandongo and Pope John Aber Hospitals in Kiryandongo and Oyam districts respectively while bodies were taken to Anyeke Health Centre IV in Oyam Town Council.

Patrick Lachenotika the Oyam district traffic officer said the fifth victim died at Pope John Hospital where he was admitted in critical condition. 

He identified the victim as Martine Odoch, 34, a resident of Minakulu. 

Those who died on the spot are Joel Angwet a resident of Congo village, Kulu Abura parish in Minaklulu sub county, Bosco Abal, 34, Catherine Aguti and her grandson Daniel Abanya.

loria kello  lost her mother and son in the accident hoto by aidi ngolaGloria Akello (R) lost her mother and son in the accident. Photo by Saidi Engola

 

Lachenotika said the rest of the victims who are being treated at Pope John Hospital Aber are Jimmy Opio, 33, a resident of Kagera, Tonny Odongo, 31, a resident of Acimi in Myene Sub County, and Isaac Olobo, 40, a resident of Acaweng, Zambia parish in Myene Sub County.

Those admitted in Kiryandongo are Florence Ajok and her two children, Pius Ocen aged 2 and Ceaser Ongol aged 6.

The driver of the lorry registration number UAS 308U, identified as Nelson Okello is still on the run.

Lachenotika warned drivers against over speeding and over loading saying whoever was found in violation will be arrested and prosecuted.

Gloria Akello who lost her mother Aguti and son Abanya, has called upon Police to ensure they implement the laws of the country when doing their work.

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