Lira: Soon after police stop, commercial lorries start burning

One of the lorries burned with animals.

Travels along Lira-Soroti highway on Thursday morning was interrupted and businesses was at a standstill after two commercial fuso trucks caught fire at a police checkpoint. The grave accident took place in Adwila, Boroboro, Erute South.

A witness says the two lorries were from Amac market enroute to Kitgum and Lamwo districts respectively.

A local radio station in Lira town – 97.7 Unity FM who interviewed witnesses live, reports that a fuso with registration number UAX 996G was transporting cattle, had jerricans ‘containing waragi’ including matooke. Soon, the witness tells the radio that in the jerrycans were petrol.

Another fuso now ablaze has registration number UBF 019 A.

“The fire is believed to have been sparked by a jerrican of petrol which dropped down from one of the trucks after traffic police stopped it for regular inspection,” TND News partner radio station in Lira town, 94.3QFM also reports.

“The trucks are still alight as police struggles to put off the fire,” the radio station added.

Reports indicate that some some animals have been burned to death.

By press time, police was yet to make a statement

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