PAKWACH. Police marine divers with the help of the local community have retrieved seven bodies and a 3-year-old boy alive from River Nile following Sunday morning accident.
The accident involving a canter registration number UBA 904Z carrying traders from Amur and Nwoya districts to Panyimur market in Pakwach district occurred at about 5:00am.
Reports indicate that the lorry lost control and plunged into River Nile at Amor landing site in Pakwach town council.
In the process of retrieving the bodies, police found the 3-year-old boy on the shores of the River alive. Health workers at Pakwach health centre IV have examined him and he is said to be in a stable condition though feeling hungry.
Police has identified the dead as Florence Anyeko 42, Florence Acaa 40, Janet Apio 15, Marvin Nyaralech and a 3 months old baby. The identities of other two bodies retrieved just this morning before we went to press are yet to be established.
Police said they are still uncertain of how many people were exactly on the ill fated lorry but the search has intensified this morning though they were briefly hampered by heavy rain down pour last evening.
The driver of the lorry only identified as Johnson, a resident of Nwoya district who was rescued yesterday and admitted at Pakwach health centre IV in unconscious condition has allegedly escaped from the health facility. Police had wanted him to make a statement.
Preliminary investigation indicates that the breaks of the over-loaded lorry failed thus forcing it to plunge in the river.
More efforts are continuing with police marine divers expected to retrieve more bodies. We shall keep you updated.