Three die, 48 injured in overtake, tyre burst woe

20Apr 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Three die, 48 injured in overtake, tyre burst woe

THREE people have been confirmed dead and 48 others injured after a commuter bus plunged into a drainage chamber in Ilemela district near Mwanza International Airport on Thursday.

Eye witnesses said that the bus which was heading to the Mwanza city centre from Igombe area in Ilemela veered off the road following a front right tyre burst as the bus driver attempted to overtake a lorry and rammed into a bridge barrier, leading to the tyre burst.

The Medical Officer in charge at the Sekou Toure regional referral hospital, Dr Bahati Msaki said here yesterday that the facility received 48 injured people and two dead bodies, where 18 out of the 48 were rushed to the facility in critical condition.

They were referred to the Bugando referral hospital while 16 others with sustained slight injuries were treated and discharged.

Dr Erasto Sylvanus, emergency medicine physician who is acting head of the emergency and casualty department at Bugando referral hospital said out of the 18 patients received at the facility, 10 are male and eight female. Two patients are minors and five had already been operated upon, he said.

“The five had injuries in various parts including the head, abdomen and bone. One of them died in the Intensive Care Unit,” Dr Sylvanus noted.

The driver of the ill-fated bus named Mwaka Isabuki who sustained injuries on the head is among patients admitted to the hospital’s ICU. 

Nyamagana district commissioner Dr Philis Nyimbi who visited patients at both Sekou Toure and Bugando hospitals appealed to drivers to be keen on the road and owners of the public service vehicles to ensure that their buses are roadworthy.

“Passengers should always be vigilant whenever they are being driven dangerously and report to authorities to avoid loss of lives and injuries like the one that has just happened,” he said. 

The survivors,  Ibrahimu Mtuly who is admitted at Sekou Toure and Dosele Mbute who is at Bugando, both said that the bus lost control and veered off the road after its right front tyre burst when the driver attempted to overtake a lorry.