Death toll from River Nile motor accident rises to six


PAKWACH: Police marines have retrieved more three bodies of traders who died in an accident when a truck they were travelling in plunged into River Nile, bringing the death toll to six.

The Sunday morning incident happened just 300 meters away from Gaaga bus stage in Pakwach Town council.

The Pakwach District Chairperson Mr Robert Osteen Omito told Daily Monitor in an interview on Monday that the bodies were retrieved on Sunday evening and Monday morning.

“We have so far retrieved six bodies of some of the traders who died in the river by yesterday and this morning [Monday]. The search is still ongoing but we are unsure of how many people were aboard the ill-fated vehicle,” he said.

He, however, didn’t give details of the deceased saying they were still scanty by press time.
According to Mr Omito who is at the scene, the UPDF marines have also joined the team in the search for the missing bodies.

A team of divers from Police Marine Headquarters Kigo, Wakiso District were on Monday dispatched aboard a police helicopter to help in the search for the missing victims of the accident.

12 people were on Sunday rescued alive and rushed to Pakwach government hospital where they are receiving medical treatment.

The truck was believed to be carrying more than 20 traders from Pabbo Sub-County in Amuru District who were travelling to Panyimur Market, one of the largest fish markets in the region.

The driver of the truck who has since gone into hiding was reportedly taking scrap metals to be sold at Lubiri landing site before proceeding to Panyimur when he lost control of the truck.

But the West Nile Police Spokesperson, Josephine Angucia when contacted said only four bodies have so far been recovered from the water.

She noted that the fifth body has only been sighted floating on water adding that the police marine officers have been dispatched to retrieve it.

“We have four bodies at the Pakwach Hospital Mortuary pending identification by their relatives,” she said.

Ms Angucia noted that the truck was on Monday pulled out of the water and taken to Pakwach Central Police station for further inspection.

Police preliminary investigation point out malfunctioning hydraulic and braking system of the truck as the cause of the accident.

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