By Ivan Mwine
At least two people, a nurse and patient are confirmed to have died Wednesday after an ambulance they were traveling blew up into flames, burning them to death in Bunyangabu District.
The incident was confirmed by Rwenzori West police spokesperson, Vincent Twesige, who said the accident happened at Kicucu village, Kicucu parish in Kisomoro Sub-County as the patient.
Twesige said that; “At the time of the incident, the patient, identified as Robert Asaba, 53, a resident of Hamukungu in Lake Katwe Sub County, Kasese District was being evacuated to another hospital after referral.”
He identified the deceased nursing officer as Peter Baluku, 36, attached to Bwera Government Hospital in Mpondwe, Lhubiriha Town Council and revealed that driver of the ambulance had escaped death with severe injuries.
He added that; “The unfortunate incident happened along Kasese- Fort Portal road when an ambulance registration number UG 4191 M Toyota Land cruiser belonging to the Ministry of Health and attached to Kasese District Health Services, carrying a patient caught fire. Two people got burnt beyond recognition.”
Noting that the police are still investigating the cause of the blaze, Twesige revealed that preliminary investigations indicate that the fire started from the oxygen cylinder which was in the ambulance serving the patient before it engulfed the entire vehicle.
He revealed the police will issue a detailed report about the incident after completing their investigations.