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Seven critically injured in Mpigi fuel tanker explosion

By Simon Ssekidde

Added 11th January 2018 02:42 PM

The driver of the fuel tanker lost control of the vehicle and hit an oncoming lorry that was carrying charcoal and bananas (matooke) at Kavule.

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The driver of the fuel tanker lost control of the vehicle and hit an oncoming lorry that was carrying charcoal and bananas (matooke) at Kavule.

ACCIDENT

MPIGI - Seven people were seriously injured after a fuel tanker exploded when it collided with a lorry at Kavule along the Kampala-Masaka highway in Mpigi district Wednesday night.

No-one was killed.

Eyewitnesses said the fuel tanker was headed for Uganda's capital Kampala from Masaka district.

They said its driver lost control and hit an oncoming lorry that was carrying charcoal and bananas (matooke).

The collision reportedly sent the two vehicles turning over several times, with the fuel tanker exploding into a huge ball of fire from the impact.

As a result, traffic along the road was paralysed for several hours as black fumes choked the night skies.

It took traffic Police and firefighters about seven hours to clear the highway to allow normal flow of traffic to resume.

 

Joseph Musana, the Katonga region Police spokesperson, described the accident as regrettable and said Police did whatever they could to save the lives of the people involved.

The injured included lorry driver Muhammad Mogga, 56, and his co-occupants Bashir Kasujja, 20 (turnboy), Rogers Ssempewo, Dickson Ssebwato and Godfrey Ssemwezi.

Two unidentified occupants of the fuel tanker also sustained serious injuries.

All the injured were taken to Rubaga Hospital in Kampala for treatment.

The two ill-fated vehicles were towed to Mpigi Central Police Station as Police continued with investigations into the crash, according to Musana.


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