Saturday 23 September 2017

More than 30 people killed when bus collided with cargo truck in Sudan

File photo: South Sudan
File photo: South Sudan

More than 30 people were killed when a bus collided with a cargo truck on a road linking South Sudan to Uganda.

The accident happened at Nisitu, six miles south of Juba, South Sudan's capital, as the bus sped to cross a bridge before a truck arrived from the opposite direction, said John Nsubuga, who heads an association of Ugandans working in South Sudan.

The bus crashed into the truck, killing or wounding most of the passengers, he said by phone from the Juba Teaching Hospital mortuary, where bodies were being identified.

Mr Nsubuga said he had counted at least 35 bodies at the mortuary, although a South Sudanese police spokesman, Col James Monday Enocka, said a preliminary report confirmed 32 deaths following the accident.

The death toll could rise overnight, said Mr Nsubuga, who said 15 more people "were gasping for their lives" at Juba Teaching Hospital.

"The trailer ripped the bus into pieces," he said, adding that first responders, a group of Ugandan soldiers at a nearby camp, struggled to attend to all victims. Many bled to death before they could be helped, he said.

The bus, which was heading to Uganda, had at least 60 passengers on board. Most victims were Ugandans but there were at least three Kenyans and five South Sudanese among the victims, Mr Nsubuga added.

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