Seven traders have been confirmed dead and three others injured when a Fuso lorry registration number UAZ 314Z in which they were traveling, overturned in Kitgum district.
The incident happened at Akworo village, Labongo Amida sub-county about seven kilometers from Kitgum Municipality at 5 am on Friday. The Kitgum resident district commissioner William Komakech says the traders were returning to Kitgum Municipality from Paidha market in Zombo district when their truck veered off the road and overturned. He said the seven, all died instantly.
The deceased have been identified as Gladys Aber, a resident of Ayul B village in Pager Division, Julius Ocira Ataa from Pamolo in Labongo Layamo sub-county and Jacqueline Auma, a resident of Labuece in Pager Division all in Kitgum district.
Others are Martin Ojok, a resident of Kirombe custom corner, Francis Okeny and another person only identified as Ojara, all residents of Gulu. The other is James Obua, from Oyam district.
The injured who are currently receiving medical treatment from Kitgum general hospital are Charles Abwola, from Orom sub-county in Kitgum district, as well as Brian Omony, and David Okello, from Gulu. The truck driver whose identity wasn’t readily available reportedly survived the accident.
Komakech says the bodies have been taken to the Kitgum general hospital morgue for a postmortem before they are handed to their relatives for burial.