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Several injured as Swift bus overturns in Sheema

An accident involved a Swift Safaris Bus along the Ishaka-Mbarara Highway. (COURTESY PHOTO)

SHEEMA – Several passengers are admitted to various hospitals in Mbarara and Bushenyi districts after the bus they were travelling in was involved in an accident in Sheema District on Thursday morning.

The bus belonging to Swift Safaris Ltd was from Bushenyi to Mbarara when it hit a road hump at Kitojo in Sheema Municipality and overturned.

Greater Bushenyi Police spokesperson Martial Tumusiime said no passenger died but that the injured were rushed to Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital and Kampala International Hospital (KIU) in Bushenyi for treatment.

“We haven’t ascertained how many people were on board and how many have been injured because the victims were immediately rushed to KIU and Mbarara,” Mr Tumusiime said.

He attributed the accident to speeding.

This is one of the many bus accidents that have occurred in the last four months.

On December last year, one person died and 16 others were injured in an accident involving a bus belonging to Comfort company, registration number UAX 848T, which heading to Lira.

The injured were rushed to St. Pope John’s hospital Aber and Lira regional referral hospital.

In the same month, Police confirmed the death of 20 people after a mini bus they were travelling in overturned several times on the Kapchorwa- Mbale road in Kapchorwa District.

The accident occurred at Towei Hill in Kapsimdua Sub-county, a black spot on the highway, after the driver of the bus Reg. No.UG 2233E lost control on Tuesday evening at about 6: 20 pm.

The minibus belonging to Kiryadongo Technical Institute was carrying staff members of the National Co-operative Business League of the United States of America based in the districts of Masindi and Kiryandongo.

The team was heading to Mbale town from Sipi Falls, where they had gone for a tour.

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