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Karuma bridge accident victims identified

The scene of the accident

The scene of the accident

Police have identified the two victims of the fuel tanker that rammed plunged into River Nile's roaring falls at Karuma bridge.

Alex Ogwal, 35, the driver of the fateful truck also a resident of Lira city, and a 21-year old pump attendant - all attached to Shine Energy fuel station plunged into the river yesterday Saturday afternoon after their vehicle's braking system failed. 

According to Jimmy Patrick Okema, the police public relations officer for the Aswa River region the duo was returning from Lira to Kampala after delivering fuel at Masindi port. 

The accident along the Gulu-Kampala highway is only the latest of a series of fatalities at the six-decade-old bridge that was constructed in the 1960s.

Eyewitnesses say the lorry, registration no. UAS 337M failed to break and sped past uncontrollably to speed past a security checkpoint at the Karuma-Arua City T-junction through the steep slopes at the bridge.

Search efforts by the integrated highway police and marine divers have been futile due to the high volumes of the roaring waters and poor equipment.

Notable past accidents at Karuma

• In 2000, a bus belonging to Gateway Transporters plunged into the River, and all 11 occupants perished.

• In Feb 2017, a cargo truck UAP 531Sfrom DRC plunged into Karuma. Occupant, Nelson Eric survived the nasty incident.

• In June 2018 Fuso truck, UAS 994Y veered off the bridge. One person was swept away by the rapid falls.

• In August 2007, a Nebbi bound tipper lorry registration number UAE 037D carrying 12 people, lost control and plunged into the fall. A vendor died while 11 people jumped off and sustained severe injuries. 

Comments

-1 #1 WADADA rogers 2021-04-25 19:05
The driver must be a terrorist, why the bridge of all places
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0 #2 kibedi nkuutu 2021-04-26 11:54
Kagina is busy telling anyone willing to listen how UNRA has managed to construct roads and bridges in Uganda.

Well this Karuma Bridge (the only one connecting Bunyoro with the North) seems as though it has no value in her heart!! This is a sport that has claimed so many lives now and in the past; this is sport that should have been dealt with long ago.

People are suffering because someone somewhere thinks that it is not worth of attention. Read the various projects that UNRA is planning, and one will get the point.

I think it is a very good idea that these "miscellaneous" authorities should go back into their mother ministries! May be then the Minister of Works and Transport can make better and more sensible resolutions about these killer roads than merely depending on area and what people live there. Wamala please, save us!
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+2 #3 alex erejo 2021-04-26 12:05
Infact everytime I pass that bridge I actually wonder what UNRA is doing. I wanted to take a picture of that bridge and share it but it is always guarded by angry soldiers.

The issue is How Many People, How many vehicles must perish on that bridge before it is properly constructed with strong side rails for protection?

At minimum the design of that bridge MUST be like Pakwach. I dont condone reckless driving but I think UNRA should style up. Their negligence is responsible for all the deaths on that bridge because of poor protection in the bridge design. I wish UNRA is taken to court on public interest
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+1 #4 kasede 2021-04-27 00:09
Quoting alex erejo:
Infact everytime I pass that bridge I actually wonder what UNRA is doing. I wanted to take a picture of that bridge and share it but it is always guarded by angry soldiers.

The issue is How Many People, How many vehicles must perish on that bridge before it is properly constructed with strong side rails for protection?

At minimum the design of that bridge MUST be like Pakwach. I dont condone reckless driving but I think UNRA should style up. Their negligence is responsible for all the deaths on that bridge because of poor protection in the bridge design. I wish UNRA is taken to court on public interest

It a bridge to the North. The North gets the lowest priority from this regime, if any at all.
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