At least 26 people are feared dead after a Fuso Lorry registration number UAP O14Z they were traveling in overturned and plunged in to River Ala in Vurra Sub County, Arua district.
The incident that happened at around 07:30pm on Tuesday, involved traders who were coming from Zeu market in the newly created district of Zombo.
Josephine Angucia, the police spokesperson for West Nile says at least 23 people have died. 18 of the bodies are currently at Kuluva Hospital mortuary while five others are at Arua regional referral hospital. She says the whereabouts of the driver is not yet known but police suspects he escaped after the accident.
According to eyewitnesses and volunteers who helped retrieve the bodies from the river, say the bridge caved in as the lorry crossed it.
Santos Ezaruku, one of the eye witnesses says when the accident happened they tried to call police but they arrived late. Ezaruku says locals mobilised themselves and retrieved some of the bodies. He says by 10:00pm on Tuesday, they had already retrieved bodies of at least 23 people and rescued six other people.
He suspects that more bodies could still be buried under the wreckage. Some of the bodies were recovered about 500 meters away from the accident scene.
Late on Tuesday, however, Dan Byaruhanga, the Arua district police commander had confirmed 15 deaths but suspected others to be stuck under the wreckage.
This is not the first time traders from West Nile have died under similar circumstances. Late last year, 19 traders who were from Panyimur market died after a Fuso Lorry they were traveling in overturned at Nyaravur trading center in Nebbi district leaving several others injured. Ends