Seven traders have perished in an accident that left three others injured when a Fuso lorry registration number UAZ 314Z in which they were travelling, overturned in Kitgum District.
According to eyewitnesses, the incident happened at Akworo village, Labongo Amida Sub-county about seven kilometres from Kitgum Municipality, at 5 a.m. on Friday.
William Komakech, the Kitgum Resident District Commissioner says the traders were returning to Kitgum Municipality from Paidha market in Zombo District when their truck veered off the road and overturned, killing seven on spot.
Police identifies the deceased as; Gladys Aber, a resident of Ayul B village in Pager Division, Julius Ocira Ataa from Pamolo in Labongo Layamo Sub County and Jacqueline Auma, a resident of Labuece in Pager Division all in Kitgum district. Others are Martin Ojok, a resident of Kirombe Custom Corner, Francis Okeny and another person only identified as Ojara, all residents of Gulu. The other is James Obua, from Oyam District.
Accordingly, the injured are currently receiving medical treatment at Kitgum General Hospital; they include Charles Abwola, from Orom Sub-county in Kitgum District, as well as Brian Omony, and David Okello, from Gulu.
Police also says the truck driver whose identity wasn’t readily available survived the accident.
Bodies of the deceased have been taken to the Kitgum General Hospital Morgue for a postmortem before they are handed to their relatives for burial.