Survivors re-count incidence of bus collision in Rukiga.

by Wills Kajuna

The survivors of Friday morning accident have described the course of today’s collision near Satellite along Rukiga – Mbarara highway in Ntungamo district.

The accident that involved two buses, one of Rwanda bound reg no 798B of Volcano RAD CO and another one of a Kenyan bus company Oxygen reg No. KCU 054L Claimed 6 lives on sport 3 from each side including both Drivers.

Over thirty other passengers sustained injuries and were rushed to nearby Health facilities for medical attention.  

A survivor Benson Bakashaba a resident of Rubaya in Kashari who was aboard the Kenyan bus “Oxygen” travelling from Burundi to Mbaraara told our reporter that it was at exactly 3:40 am today morning when the accident happened.

He accounts that their driver was driving at a recommended speed before noticing another bus from an opposite direction he says was overspeeding.

Bakashaba adds that the driver of the Rwandan Volcano Bus couldn’t control the bus anymore and moved away from his lane ending up colliding with the Oxygen bus.

Meanwhile: Another survivor Kafero Sadruch who boarded the Oxygen bus from Kigali- Rwanda headed for Kampala said that he heard something bursting in front of them only to notice their bus had collided with another one.

Kafero narrates that most of the injured passengers are those that were in front seats including Murara Alphonse, a Rwandan driver of volcano bus, and Omido David, a Kenyan and the driver of the Oxygen bus both died on spot, and other four including Ishingiro Mustafa, a Rwandan; the conductor of Oxygen bus identified as Gakulu Cloude; a Rwandan and the conductor in Volcano bus, Hakizimana Etiene; a Rwandan passenger aboard Vocano bus, and a yet to be identified Burundian female passenger who was aboard Oxygen bus. as well as those that were asleep by the time of collision.

The victims have been evacuated and rushed to Lotom Health center in Muhanga Town council by both Police patrol cars and Ambulance under the supervision of DPC Rukiga and OC traffic and there is fear that the death toll may rise.

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