About 19 dead after fuel truck collision in Uganda

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Fire fighters putting out fire after fuel truck collision in Uganda

At least 19 people were killed when a fuel truck exploded in flames after losing control and ramming into three cars in Rubiriz, Uganda on Sunday, police said in a statement.

Early on Monday authorities said nine bodies had been retrieved from the crash site, and transported to a nearby health centre “for further post-mortem analysis and DNA profiling.”

Another body was still trapped under the truck, it said.

Nine more people injured in the accident later died from their wounds, police spokesman Fred Enanga said later on Monday morning.

The accident occurred at a small trading centre on a highway between the capital Kampala and Kasese town, near the border with Democratic Republic of Congo.

Flames from the blast tore through at least 25 shops nearby.

Fatal road crashes are frequent in the East African country, often the result of sloppy law enforcement, poorly serviced vehicles and potholed roads.

 

Chidi Nwoke.