Over 20 people have sustained serious injuries after two passenger buses collided head-on along the Ntungamo-Kabale Road in Ntungamo District during the wee hours of Wednesday 29th March 2023.
The accident happened around 5:15am, at Katinda Bridge (about 12 km from Ntungamo town), involving an oncoming Trinity company bus from Kigali to Kampala and a Volcano company bus from Kampala to Kigali. Most of the injured were rushed to Doctor’s Referral Hospital in Rubaare town while others were taken to Itojo hospital in Ntungamo.
Daniel Mawanda, a survivor who was in the Trinity bus said he “observed the conductor’s leg amputated and two critically injured women.”
An on-scene police officer who preferred anonymity estimated the injured at 23. “We had at least 23 people taken to hospital according to ambulance systems but the badly injured are 12. We are fortunate no death has been registered so far,” he explained at around 10am this morning.
Allen Kobusingye, the Ntungamo district police traffic and road safety officer has blamed most of the accidents in the area on negligence and overspeeding, though some eyewitnesses attributed this accident to a misty road which potentially blurred both drivers since it is always the weather during the wee hours.
On March 20, 2023 at around 2pm, a Jaguar bus rammed into 8 including those parked in the compound of Doctors Referral Hospital in Rubare town council Ntungamo district, leaving 2 people injured and 1 dead. The driver of the Jaguar bus registration number UBF 669G, who was coming from Kabale heading to Ntungamo, lost control of the bus and entered the wrong lane.
In January 2023, six people died following a collision of two Rwanda bound buses at Rwahi in Ntungamo District.