Karuma Accident: Truck body sighted, occupants still missing

The wreckage container of the truck was found along the banks of the River Nile, in the direction of Pakwach district

KIRYANDONGO, UGANDA: The container body of the Mercedes trailer that plunged into the River Nile at Karuma Bridge on Tuesday has been sighted after combined efforts from the Uganda National Roads Authority, Police Marine rescue teams and other security agencies.

The trailer registration number UAT 113F/ UBE 405P was moving from Juba in South Sudan to Kampala carrying bags of charcoal when it lost control and plunged into the river at about 10:20 am on Tuesday morning.

According to a DailyExpress correspondent in Kiryandongo district where the accident occurred on Tuesday, the rescue team that has spent the last 2 days combing all sections of the running waters found the wreckage container of the truck along the banks of the River Nile, in the direction of Pakwach district.

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DailyExpress 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 are feared to have died.

By press time, efforts by the rescue team were still underway to locate the truck head with the registration number UAT 113F, which was responsible for transporting the aforementioned container to South Sudan.

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UNRA yesterday (Wednesday) announced that emergency restoration works had kicked off to restore the destroyed protective rails on the affected bridge.

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