At least 7 Died and 14 Wounded on Lobone – Magwi road in Imatong

A bus that involved in a major accident along Juba-Nimule road killing a dozzen of people in South Sudan(Photo: file)

A bus that involved in a major accident along Juba-Nimule road killing a dozzen of people in South Sudan(Photo: file).

Oct 21, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —- Reports from South Sudan’s Imatong State confirm that a fatal accident which occurred yesterday at 9:47Am along the Lobone-Magwi road has claimed at least seven lives and left 14 other passengers nursing critical injuries.

According to Okot Benjamin, a eyewitness who spoke to Nyamilepedia correspondent, a truck which was carrying a total of 23 people and 26 bags of maize overturned along Lobone-Magwi road, killing seven and 14 others injuried.

“The truck lorry was on its way to Juba carrying twenty six bags of maize grain plus twenty three people were loaded also on the truck,” Okot Benjamin an eyewitness said.

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Okot, who is a driver of a pick-up, says they took injured people to Magwi County Health Primary Unit for their further medical attention.

Igga Francis, a Traffic Police Officer told Nyamilepedia press that the Traffic police rescued some of the passengers after “a short incident”.

The traffic officer added that “at the moment the driver is under County police custody for their further legal procedural and for this case at moment we will not mentioned his name to avoid community reaction.”

“The driver was under liquor influenced while on driving when we arrested him, his whole body was smelling liquor,” Igga said.

At Magwi Primary Health Unit, a Medical Clinical Officer, Santiago David, told Nyamilepedia press that seven people have been confirmed dead and other fourteen were injured.

In other reports, on October 18, Uganda Daily Monitor reported that three soldiers from the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) died on Monday evening in a car crash in Yumbe District of northern Uganda.

The soldiers from Kajo-Keji barracks in South Sudan were involved in a head-on collision at Gojuru village in Kuru Sub-county along Yumbe-Koboko road. The Police PRO for West Nile sub region, Ms Josephine Angucia, told Daily Monitor.

“It has been a routine that the SPLA soldiers have been using our road to carry out their administrative matters. It is unfortunate that they were driving on the right and over speeding.”

The soldiers were reportedly travelling to Kaya barracks, which is situated at the border with Koboko, using the shorter route from Kajo-Keji town via Moyo-Yumbe-Koboko road. There were 11 soldiers in a land-cruiser being led by Maj. Akol Manjiel.

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