Fuel tanker tragedy: police, army search for dead bodies

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On the 18/08/2019, at around 4pm, at Kyambura Trading centre, in Rubirizi District, a tanker truck carrying fuel from Mbarara, lost control and rammed into two commuter taxis and a saloon car.

It exploded in flames, killing several people instantly.

Three smaller secondary explosions from the parked vehicles followed.

The stream of liquid fire from the fuel also burnt about 25 small shops over a stretch of over 30 metres.

The firefighting teams from Bushenyi and Kasese responded and prevented the fire from spreading further.

The four motor vehicles were severely burnt and damaged.

The joint security teams from the Police and UPDF have cordoned off the area.

So far, 9 burnt bodies have been retrieved from the scene and transported to Lugazi Health Centre for further post mortem analysis and DNA profiling.

Another body was still trapped beneath the tanker truck and could not be retrieved due to the cover of darkness.

The scene remains closed overnight and the operation continues early morning, to search for more bodies, establish the number of victims injured, since they were rushed to different Health facilities and also establish the cause of the accident.

“We urge relatives who could have lost their loved ones to visit the Health centre and avail samples for DNA profiling, better identification and matching of the deceased persons,” said police spokesperson CP Fred Enanga.

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