Three injured in truck fire

By Yazid Yolisigira.

Three people have sustained serious injuries after two fuel trucks caught fire along the Iganga-Bugiri Highway.

The incident, involving trucks belonging to Nile Gaz Company, occurred at around 10:00 am at Busesa Village, Ibulanku Sub-county in Iganga District.

Both trucks were reportedly going to refill from another truck belonging to the same company which overturned after its driver lost control.

The truck that overturned was traveling from Mombasa to Kanyanya, a Kampala suburb, with fuel on board.

According to eyewitness accounts, the withdrawal of fuel from the overturned truck into both trucks went on successfully but the driver of one of the trucks tried to ignite his engine, triggering an inferno in the process.

Joseph Badaza, an eyewitness, said in the process of refilling the trucks, some petrol spilled onto the battery of one of the trucks and when the driver, unknowingly, turn on the ignition, it started a fire.

The Iganga District officer-in charge of traffic, Rogers Bandeke, said by the time fire broke out, the fire brigade didn’t have water having emptied its tank extinguishing the fire that had caught the truck that had overturned.