Fort Portal-Kyenjojo Bus Overturns Killing 20 People
The accident took place at about 10:30 am on Wednesday, according to Ms Faridah Nampiima, spokesperson for the Traffic Police. PHOTO/MONITOR

At around 10:30 am, the country was awoken by reports that a bus had overturned in Sebitoli, just two kilometers from Fort Portal City.

The country was awakened by news of a fatal accident that occurred at around 10:30 am at Sebitoli, two kilometres from Fort Portal City after a bus reportedly overturned.

With footage shared on social media, several ambulances were seen evacuating the injured to nearby hospitals.

However, in the wake of the events, the police have reported that at least 20 people have so far been confirmed dead after the overturn.

According to the said Traffic Police spokesperson, Ms Faridah Nampiima, the accident occurred at around 10:30 am on Wednesday. 

She, however, said the territorial police in Kyenjojo responded and recovered 20 bodies with many others (in sorrow state) also rushed to nearby hospitals.

“Kampala-bound on Wednesday overturned on the Fort Portal-Kyenjojo road. The bus, registration number UBA 003S was travelling from Fort Portal this morning when the accident happened at Ssebitoli in Kabarole District.”

“The territorial Police in Kyenjojo responded to a fatal accident which occurred this morning at around 10.30 am, involving a link bus registration No UBA 003S that was travelling to Kampala from Fort Portal. It happened 2KMs from Fort Portal city at a place called Sebitoli. “The bodies of the deceased were also conveyed to the hospitals for postmortem,” Nampiima said.

She added that of the 20 people, 13 were adults including 11 males and 9 females while seven were juveniles. Nampiima further noted that more information about the deceased will be available in due course.

This, however, comes days after the police Tuesday released a traffic report for April and the start of May stating that 119 accidents occurred on both Labour Day and Eid, out of which 23 people died while 88 sustained injuries.

A total of 119 accidents occurred on these two days and out of these 21 accidents were fatal, 62 were serious and 36 were minor. There were 111 accident victims during the same days and out of these 23 people died while 88 sustained injuries.

According to Nampiima, a total of 387 accidents occurred in the period between April 24th to 30th. Of these, 60 accidents were fatal, 213 were serious and 114 were minor.