Two persons have gone missing after a fuel tanker in which they were travelling plunged into Nile River at Karuma bridge in Kiryandongo district.
The incident, according to the Aswa regional Police spokesperson, Patrick Jimmy Okema occurred earlier on Saturday when the fuel tanker registration number UAS 337M which was coming from Gulu failed to brake and lost control, ramming into the bridge.
“The speeding vehicle didn’t stop at our checkpoint located at the road to Arua and Kamdin. It continued before it rammed into the guardrails at the bridge before plunging into the water with two occupants who can’t be seen or traced. The fuel tanker belongs to one Charles Busuulwa,” Okema said.
Two persons who were the occupants of the tanker are feared dead and the vehicle reportedly taken by the flowing waters.
Okema said they have already kicked off a search for the occupants of the vehicle.
He added that highway patrol teams from Nwoya district have been deployed at the scene to help guide traffic flow.
“We appeal to travellers and more especially drivers to observe rules and regulations especially while approaching the bridge.”
There is a growing fear from the public who allege that fuel may cause to over pollution of the waters.
However, Okema says that it is difficult to tell whether the tanker was loaded with fuel or not, adding that currently, nothing left of the vehicle can be seen in the waters.
It is highly suspected that the vehicle could have been taken by the waters of the Nile as they flow.
Daily Monitor photo, 2017.