One person has been confirmed dead while another is suspected to have escaped with injuries following an accident that occurred this morning in Tororo.
According to the police, the accident which happened at about 0720/C, involved fuel tank reg. No. KAV 697Z(Engine) and Tank ZB 7063, which was travelling from Malaba border post en route to Kampala.
It is alleged that the driver of the tanker lost control at Uganda College of Commerce in Amagoro “B” Cell, overturned and hit the electric poles of three phase lines, and the wall fence of the World food program Tororo Hub warehouse before catching fire.
An eyewitness identified as Mugabi Benard who was jogging told the police that the driver was not overspeeding when the accident happened and that he struggled to control the vehicle in vain.
IP Mugwe Johnson Moses the Ag. PRO Bukedi South Region says that witnesses told them that the driver managed to escape with injuries while the Turn man got entangled therein and burnt beyond recognition.
“Territorial Police was informed and we managed to respond timely, fire and rescue team, Operational, and traffic, worked tiresomely to put off the fire, which could consume the neighbouring installations like the WFP house hub. We are yet to ascertain from URA the type of fuel the tanker carried, and its final destination,” says Mugwe.
He appealed to road users to follow the Traffic and Road Safety Regulations.