Crime & Investigation

Namungona Accident: Driver Warned Against Siphoning Fuel

look geneva; font-size: small;”>According to Lamech Mukasa, a boda boda rider in Namungoona, the fire started at around 8:30 pm when a Toyota Noah registration number UAS 374C knocked the rear of a fuel trailer registration number KBL 361B, causing a fuel spillover.

“This compelled the boda boda riders and the mechanics in the area plus children to rush to siphon the fuel from the trailer,” said Mukasa.

He further told Chimpreports on Sunday morning that the driver of the truck carrying the fuel tanker moved out of his vehicle and warned the boda boda riders against collecting fuel, saying the “ignition of his trailer had failed to go off and told them to get off the scene but they refused. “

“All of a sudden something burst and the fuel tanker was up in flames,” said Mukasa.

He downplayed earlier reports that one of the boda boda cyclists was smoking and that the cigarette had touched off the raging flames.


“I was on my way to Bwaise. I witnessed this accident firsthand. It was painful seeing my colleagues (boda boda riders) get burnt like that. They screamed for help but in a few minutes all we could see were roasted bodies,” he added.

Kelvin Atwooki, a mechanic in the area, said the accident was caused by overspeeding on the part of the driver of the Toyota Noah who rammed into the rear of the truck carrying the fuel tanker.

“The fire also caught another fuel tanker behind the Toyota Noah but police fire brigade responded quickly before all the vehicles could be consumed by fire. It managed to contain the fire from spreaing farther,” said Atwooki.

The police with the help of the Uganda Red Cross Society rushed the victims of the accident to Mulago National Referral Hospital and the 29 bodies were taken to the same medical facility for postmortem.

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