MIJEERA – Two people are feared dead after a speeding fuel truck en-route to Kampala lost control – plunging into the Nile River at Karuma bridge on Saturday.
The tanker, Reg. No. UAS 337M, developed mechanical faults in its hydraulic system – failing to break as it approached police mounted roadblock barricades on the Gulu to Kampala high, according to police. The vehicle, according to eyewitnesses, sped off and veered into the river at the bridge.
Patrick Jimmy Okema – the Aswa river region police spokesperson confirmed the accident, revealing that the two occupants in the tanker were still missing. He said that a joint teams of police from Nwoya and Oyam districts were at the scene to trace the missing bodies, adding the marine and other relevant authorities had been notified of the incident.
Okema appealed to motorists to ensure that their vehicles are always in good condition, in addition to periodical checks as well as observing road traffic safety regulations.
Karuma bridge, which borders Kiryandongo, Oyam and Nwoya districts has taken the lives of more ten people in the couple years; without a trace of their bodies, according authorities.