UNRA Sends Technical Team To Assess Volume Of Cracks At Karuma Bridge

Accident scene at Karuma Bridge.

According to Police in Aswa region and Kiryandongo district, Karuma Bridge situated on river Nile, Gulu-Kampala highway has developed grave cracks after a Fuso lorry carrying logs on Tuesday night plunged into the river.

By press time, traffic police officers from Aswa region (Nwoya) and Kiryandongo districts were managing accident scene and controlling traffic flows to avoid more danger.

The incident which happened at around 8:30 pm saw a Fuso lorry with registration number UAS 994Y loaded with logs plunging into water.

The yet to be retrieved lorry was traveling from Gulu to Kampala before it plunged into the River Nile via the railings.

Sources say there were two occupants on board but one person who is said to be a driver managed to jump out, sustaining some injuries.

He was rushed to unidentified health facility in Karuma trading center for treatment.

Speaking to TND News on phone Wednesday morning, Mark Ssali who’s the head of corporate communication at Uganda National Road Authority (UNRA) says the authority responded by sending a team of technical experts to assess the situation.

“We have dispatched team of engineers from three technical departments to assess the level of damages and come out with immediate measures,” Ssali said.

“As of now, we can’t say much until the technical team assessment,” he added.

Aswa region police spokesperson Patrick Jimmy Okema told this news website on Wednesday that there was normal traffic flows.

“The traffic teams are carefully observing the other side of the bridge with cracks to avoid the escalation of more cracks on the other side through which the vehicle plunged into the river,” Patrick Okema added.

Okema says the driver is believed to have lost control while approaching the bridge.

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