KIRYANDONGO, UGANDA: The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has said that emergency restoration works will kick off today on a section of the Karuma bridge that was destroyed by a truck that plunged into the River Nile on Tuesday morning.
DailyExpress yesterday reported that the Mercedez SINO Truck, Registration number UAT 113F that was coming from Elegu at a high speed lost control close to the bridge and rammed into the high-speed waterfalls.
This website has learnt that the truck driver was one Tumusiime James, who together with two other occupants (still unidentified) were all swept away by the fast-running waters and efforts to retrieve the wreckages is still ongoing.
Allan Ssempebwa, the UNRA Media Relations Manager told DailyExpress on Wednesday morning that a team from UNRA’s Masindi branch had been dispatched to restore the destroyed protective rails on the affected bridge.
Ssempebwa added that the destroyed rails had actually been replaced last week after another minor accident and therefore advised motorists to be cautious while crossing the bridge, warning that the protective rails are not strong enough.
He, however, urged Ugandans to be calm as the Roads Authority awaits the final government decision to construct a new and bigger bridge at Karuma.
Area residents pray that government constructs a standard bridge with strong protective rails to reduce the high cases of accidents at the bridge.