Nine people have been confirmed to have died on the spot and three others were injured after a Fuso truck of Reg No UBN 533T lost control and overturned in a fatal road crash in Buikwe District along the Kampala-Jinja Highway.
The Wednesday 1am incident happened after the truck, loaded with oranges, lost control and overturned at Bulyantete Village as it headed to Kampala from Jinja City.
Ssezibwa Region Police spokesperson Helen Butoto confirmed the incident in a brief statement saying the lifeless bodies and the injured individuals were retrieved from the scene and whisked away to Kawolo Hospital for further management and postmortem.
“Bodies of 9 people have been retrieved from the accident scene and taken to Kawolo Hospital mortuary while 3 injured persons are receiving treatment at Kawolo Hospital,” Ms Butoto said.
Butoto added that the majority of the victims were passengers who had allegedly concealed themselves inside the truck using a tapeline to avoid being noticed by traffic police.
“The victims suffocated after getting trapped by the angle bars when the truck overturned. The victims had tried to conceal their identity by hiding inside the tapeline that covered the truck,” a police statement reveals.
By press time on Wednesday afternoon, Seven of the deceased remained unidentified, with only two identified so far.