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19 killed in Uganda fuel truck blast

  • Published at 04:10 pm August 19th, 2019
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People look towards a fire following a fuel truck collision in Rubirizi, Uganda on August 18, 2019 Reuters

The blast occurred Sunday evening in the Kyambura trading centre, a mountainous area near the Queen Elizabeth National Park

Nineteen people died when a fuel truck barrelled into other vehicles in a busy town in western Uganda and exploded, police said Monday.

The blast occurred Sunday evening in the Kyambura trading centre, a mountainous area near the Queen Elizabeth National Park.

"Ten people died instantly when the fuel truck lost control and hit three other vehicles, leading to multiple explosions that also burned 25 small shops," said regional police spokesman Martial Tumusiime.

"Of the people that were rushed to the hospital, nine of them have also died as a result of wounds," he added. 

In 2002, 70 people were killed when an oil truck rammed into a bus in Rutoto, less than 50km from Kyambura.

And in 2013, 33 people died in an explosion after a fuel truck overturned - many having rushed to the scene to siphon fuel.