Huye fatal accident injures 13 students, kills one

On 7 January 2021 at 11:08

An overspeeding RAVA 4 car has hit 14 students from Centre Scolaire Elena Guela located in Huye town killing one of them identified as Irakoze Joanna, 14, and injured the rest who were taken to hospital. The deceased was a student in Senior 2.

The incident took place last night around 8pm. The school that accommodates students from nursery to ordinary level, is located in Buye village, Butare cell in Ngoma sector of Huye district.

The car hit the students as they crossed the road heading to their dormitories after dining from the school’s refectory. The dormitory is opposite school buildings that students have to cross the road to reach it.

The head teacher of Centre Scolaire Elena Guela, Sister Patricie Mukagahima has told IGIHE that they rushed student to hospital after the incident where one succumbed to injuries.

“We rushed them to health facilities unfortunately one of them died at King Faisal Hospital. Others are attended to at University Teaching Hospital of Butare (CHUB) but four of them have been seriously injured,” she said.

Huye district officials have today morning joining the school’s management to comfort students discomforted by colleague’s accident.

Speaking to IGIHE, some parents with children at the school have expressed worries over restrictions to visit their kids at hospital amidst Coronavirus pandemic but the school’s management has said that parents are getting updates of admitted students’ health via phone.

Police spokesperson in Southern Province, SP Kanamugire Theobald has told IGIHE that the car that hit students has been seized.

“We have seized the car and the driver. It is apparent that the accident was triggered by over speeding. The next step is to make his file and hand him to the Prosecution,” he said.

SP Kanamugire appealed on motorists to drive carefully and abide by traffic rules.

Centre Scolaire Elena Guela is located in Huye town.