The incident occurred around 3:00 a.m. on 30th December 2022 as a bus with registered number plate RAD798B belonging to Volcano collided with another bus (plate number KCU 054L) belonging to Oxygen transport company from Kenya.
The bus belonging to Volcano was moving from Kampala to Rwanda while the other one was headed for Nairobi from Kigali.
The Operations Manager at Volcano Express, Agaba Andrew Japhet has told IGIHE that they have so far learnt that three people including a driver, co-driver and another passenger next to their seats died in the accident.
Ugandan Police has however announced that the accident claimed lives of four Rwandans, a Kenyan and Burundian.
The deceased include the driver of Volcano’s bus, Alphonse Murara, Omido David the driver of Oxygen’s bus, Mustafa Ishingiro, Claude Gakuru, Etienne Hakizimana and another female Burundian passenger.
Ugandan Police has also revealed that at least 40 injured passengers were rushed to Lotom Health Center in Muhanga Town.
According to The New Vision, Elly Mate, the Spokesperson of Kigezi Regional Police said that the preliminary cause of the accident was too much fog ’where they couldn’t easily see what was ahead of them and hence collided’.
The deceased have been taken to the mortuary of Kabale Hospital.
Agaba has said that they sent another bus to carry non-affected passengers as soon as they learnt about the accident.
Videos shared on social media show the two buses’ front parts severely damaged.
Rwahi area in which the accident happened is located in Ntungamo District in the western part of Uganda.
It is situated in 83 kilometers from Mbarara and 317 kilometers from Kampala. It also takes one hour drive to reach Gatuna border.