Eight including police officers injured in Anaka accident, taxi bursts into flames

Some of the Nwoya police patrol officers admitted at Anaka General Hospital on December 22, 2020.

Eight people including six police officers on patrol were yesterday  (Tuesday) at around 6am involved in a road accident along Karuma-Pakwach Highway in Anaka District.

The two seriously injured police officers have been identified as Angela Afegu and Moses Ochan.

Others are Albino Olal, Simon Peter Okot, and Denis Odong Oroya-the police driver who was admitted later after a scan revealed that he, too, sustained some injuries.

The civilians include Mahmud Omua and another whose identity could not readily be established by the time of this publication.

The accident occurred in Anaka sub-county 22 metres from Karuma Bridge when a hind tyre of a police pick-up truck registration number UP 4844 carrying the officers on patrol exploded.

The burst sent the police officers flying off the vehicle since they were sitting behind.

According to a police report, the driver of a commuter taxi registration number UAW 617 K en-route to Arua from Kampala hit the police truck from the rear. The truck was en-route to Agung detach.

The report adds that the driver lost control of the taxi into the bush about 10 metres from the road before it exploded into flames and burnt to ashes.

The police suspect that the fugitive driver could have slumbered at that time adding that the passengers said they had warned him over the same from Karuma.

Mr Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River Regional Police Spokesperson confirmed the report adding that a case file of the accident under reference TAR 61/2020 has been registered at Nwoya central police station.

“We are still investigating how many people were in the taxi which caught fire. But of now, there is no any death case registered,” Mr Okema told Kazi-njema News.

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