A bus belonging to the Gaagaa Bus Company on Sunday evening went up in flames in Nebbi District.
The bus registration number UBB 991Y from Kampala heading to Koboko via Arua District went up in flames at Mbaro Oryang East Village, Nyaravur Sub County in Nebbi District at around 4.30PM
According to eyewitnesses, all the 65 passengers on board managed to escape unhurt, while the driver Kayim Kayimbi is still on the run.
Mr Emmy Mulindwa, one of the passengers narrated: “We heard a loud noise and we who were sitting in front knew that there was trouble after the driver ran out after the humps. I saw black smoke and seconds later there was fire. We alerted those behind and that’s how we all escaped.”
Mr Rogers Amanya, the OC Traffic Nebbi Police Station said all the passengers aboard escaped unhurt but the bus was completely burnt.
“We had 65 passengers on board but no one was hurt. They managed to all escape unhurt. We are currently looking for the driver a one Kasim Kayimbi who disappeared after realizing that things had gone wrong,” Mr Amanya said.
The traffic officer blamed the accident on tire burst.
Mr Denis Juma, the manager Nyaravur Gaagaa Bus Terminal said there was no fatality and the Police with the help of the Company team managed to relocate the passengers to another bus.
“Our new bus was this evening involved in an accident but we have no fatality. We managed to rescue all the passengers and they have all reached Arua safely. We shall continue to monitor the situation closely as we handle those who lost their property,” he said.
It’s not yet clear what might have caused the fire but some sources say it could have been due to poor wiring system. The Bus is one of the new buses that Gaagaa Company recently acquired and had been put to ply Kampala-Koboko route.