Police has confirmed that 6 people died and about 40 others are in hospital following a fatal accident which happened today at Rwahi (after Satellite Hotel) along Ntungamo-Kabale road when two passenger buses collided head-on.
The accident which happened at 3:55AM involved motor vehicle registration number RAD798B HYUNDAI bus, belonging to Volcano Bus Company and motor vehicle registration number KCU054L (SCANIA) belonging to Oxygen Bus Company.
The dead include; 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.
Police also said an approximate number of 40 passengers whose particulars are yet to be established were rushed to Lotom Health Centre in Muhanga and are under proper management.
According to the PRO Traffic and Road Safety Directorate Faridah Nampiima, the suspected cause of the accident is reckless driving by the driver of Volcano bus, who, eyewitnesses say was from Kampala side but left his side and was driving from the right where he met an on-coming Oxygen bus from Kabale side whose driver tried to swerve to his extreme left in order to dodge the Volcano bus in vain thus head-on collision.
Nampiima said the bodies of the deceased have all been conveyed to Kabale Regional Referral Hospital Mortuary for postmortem.