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In 2000 a passenger bus plunged into the river killing eleven people. Courtesy photo

Driver Escapes as Lorry Plunges Into River Nile at Karuma Bridge

The truck spilled several strips of the palm poles onto the bridge as it plunged into the waterfalls, about 7.5 Meters deep
posted onJune 6, 2018
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By Kampala Post Reporter​

NWOYA. Another fuso truck last evening plunged into Karuma falls on river Nile at Karuma Bridge in in Nwoya district.

Police say the fuso truck registration number UAS 994 Y lost control and hit the guard rail on the right of the bridge as it crossed with heavy timber towards Kiryandongo at around 8:30 p.m.

The truck spilled several strips of the palm poles onto the bridge as it plunged into the waterfalls, about 7.5 Meters deep. It is still unclear how many people were inside the truck at the time of the accident.

Explaining the possible cause of the accident, Mark Ssali, the Uganda National Roads Authority spokesperson said in a social media message that whenever a road is wet for 3 days where there is organic matter, like it was for the case at Karuma: "a thin layer of algae develops which is very slippery. Each one teach one."

Meanwhile, UNRA has dispatched a team of experts to Karuma to assess the damage and guide the maintenance team on remedial measures following last evening's incident. 

A Police statement indicates that one person (driver) survived the accident by jumping off the moving truck. 

Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Region Police spokesperson said in a statement sent to the Kampala Post that officers from Kiryangdongo and Oyam districts were deployed at the bridge to guide traffic through the night following the accident.

Okema said the guard rail of the bridge got damaged and that the bridge sustained cracks, which needs immediate repairs.

About two months ago, a cargo lorry carrying cotton seeds from the Democratic Republic of Congo plunged into the Nile River at Karuma Falls Bridge after losing control.

The truck had mechanical problems which caused it to rip into pieces during before the accident. The wreckage and bodies of the victims were never recovered.

The worst accident on the bridge happened in 2000 when a passenger bus plunged into the river killing eleven people while 59 others were rescued.

This time, the truck was washed away by falls and it is feared that other occupants could have been on board.

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