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POLICE WARN AGAINST TRANSPORTING STUDENTS ON LORRIES

Seven students sustained serious injuries, and 20 got minor injuries.

By Moses Alinda

ARUA: The West Nile Region Police Spokesperson, Josephine Angucia, has warned school administrators against transporting students on lorries for school games.

The warning follows an accident that occurred to the students of Nile High School on March 29, 2023, at 7:20 p.m at the Lokiragodo Trading Center along Arua-Maracha Road.

The incident involved a motor vehicle with registration number UAM 135T Mitsubishi Canter, white in color.

It’s alleged that the motor vehicle was carrying students from the playground at Micu secondary school and heading to Arua town after the football match.

Angucia urged school administrators to use proper means of transporting students for the competitions, and they should ensure that the motor vehicles are well serviced and not overloaded so as to minimize accidents on the road.

According to Angucia, when the lorry driver reached Lokiragodo trading center, he lost control of the motor vehicle and overturned it as he was joining the main road to Arua town; seven students sustained serious injuries, and 20 got minor injuries.

‘’Upon getting information, traffic police visited the scene and rushed the injured students to Arua Regional Referral Hospital for treatment,’’ she said.

The regional police mouthpiece said that the scene of the accident was examined and documented, and the motor vehicle in question was towed to police pending inspection by IOV, adding that the driver is on the run.

The police officer said that preliminary investigations indicate that overloading and the use of a motor vehicle, which is suspected to be in dangerous mechanical condition, were the causes of the accident.

“The traffic department of Arua Central Police Station is however investigating an incident as inquiries continue under Arua CPS TAR 97/2023,” Angucia said.

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