At least 4 dead after fuel truck rams Canter, before bursting into flames

Fuel truck accident along Fort Portal – Kasese highway
The fuel tanker in flames at Kasunganyanja town along Fort Portal-Kasese Road. Four people have so far been confirmed dead. COURTESY PHOTO

Kasese, Uganda | URN | Four people have been killed following an accident involving a fuel truck and a Canter truck along the Fort Portal – Kasese highway.

The accident happened on Friday at 12pm at Kasunganyanja trading centre in Kibiito Sub County, Bunyangabu district. The fuel truck that was heading to Kasese district collided with a Canter vehicle that was carrying bananas and heading to Fort Portal.

According to eyewitnesses, the driver of the fuel tanker lost control as he was sloping, and he rammed into the Canter. Both vehicles exploded and went up in flames.

“We had just packed to load two bunches of matooke then I saw a truck descending the slope while meandering and hit my lorry, I fled for my dear life towards the nearby banana plantation where I fell down, the tanker fell into a ditch and caught fire, people rescued me but fire had caught my hair and skin,” said Mr Kuraisi Ndyabahika, a survivor and driver of the Canter truck that was knocked.

Ndyabahika is now admitted at Kibiito health Centre IV says at the truck he had three other people; Laban Mutooro, Yasin Ndyabahika and a one Sunday (a woman), the Matooke buyer from Kyegegwa.

“But now I don’t know where they are, is my truck there, or it got burnt? Are the dead my people or not?,” a puzzled Ndyabahika asked on his hospital bed.

Our reporter at the scene says that four bodies that have been burnt beyond recognition were seen lying beside the wreckage.

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The Rwenzori West Police Spokesperson, Mr Vincent Twesige, confirmed the incident and said the four who have died were loading matooke onto the Canter truck.

“We received the information about the incident at around midday, and we rushed at the scene with a fire brigade vehicle and team to put out the fire” Twesige said, adding, “We are still finding out if there are more causalities.”

Fire also destroyed some gardens around the scene.

Kasunganyanja is an old black spot alongside many others on Fort Portal-Kasese road, a road that is still under construction by Ms China Wu Yi.

Last week, 10 people died at Kihogo village near Rugendabara trading centre in Kasese District another black spot along the Fort Portal-Kasese road after two accidents happened.

According to police, black spots along Fort Portal-Kasese road include; Rubona stock farm, Kasunganyanja, Rwimi Bridge, Karungibate in Hima town council and Kikorongo trading centre [along Kasese-Bwera road].