Police has confirmed the death of 17 fishmongers and scores of injuries emanating from a tragic motor accident in Pakwach district.
The fishmongers mainly women, perished in Panyimur while traveling aboard a Fuso truck registration number UAV 118 F to buy fish at Panyimur Market. These were from Democratic Republic of Congo, Arua and Nebbi districts.
According to eye witness reports, the truck lost control at a slope believed to be a black spot around midday 2 kilometers to Panyimur landing site killing 14 people fishmongers on spot, while 2 others died later.
Bodies of the 14 Ugandan fishmongers from Arua were taken to Arua Regional Referral Hospital mortuary around 6pm while the other two bodies were for fishmongers from Nebbi and another for a Congolese woman.
By last evening, hundreds of people rushed to Arua Regional Referral Hospital mortuary to identify the deceased.
According to Josephine Angucia, the West Nile Police Spokesperson they are still gathering more information and fear that the number of causalities could rise as some of the victims were still in critical condition at Panyimur health center III and Nebbi General Hospital.