Tragic Accident Claims One, Leaves Two Critically Injured in Rukungiri

RUKUNGIRI – A devastating accident that occurred along the Rukungiri – Kanungu road has resulted in the loss of one life and left two individuals with critical injuries.

The deceased has been identified as Charles Lwanga (37), the driver of the ill-fated vehicle and a resident of Nsikye village in Katete Southern division, Mbarara city. The unfortunate victims are Saidi Amugowa (23), a passenger hailing from Nyamitanga village in Mbarara city, and Johnathan Sserwanga (26), a passenger from Kyera village in Isingiro district.

According to Elly Maate, the spokesperson for the Kigezi Sub-region, the tragic incident took place on 11/08/2023 around 06:30 AM in Kakirago village, Bugangari sub-county, Rukungiri district.

The vehicle involved, a silver Fuso Fighter with registration number UBH 859A, was en route from Mbarara. After passing through Rukungiri Town and proceeding along Kanungu Road, the vehicle lost control upon colliding with a road furniture hump.

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The impact forced the vehicle off the road, resulting in the immediate fatality of the driver. The two injured passengers were promptly transported to the nearest medical facility for urgent treatment and subsequently transferred to Mbarara Hospital for further care.

Maate elaborated that the local authorities were swiftly informed, leading to a visit by Corporal Oketayot Michael and his team to the scene. The body of the deceased was respectfully taken to Rwakabengo Health Centre Mortuary to undergo a postmortem examination.

Additionally, the scene was meticulously cleared, and the motor vehicle was towed and secured for pending inspection by the Institute of Vehicle Inspection (IOV).

In light of the investigation, Maate shared that the preliminary cause of the accident was attributed to over-speeding. He took the opportunity to urge all drivers to consistently adhere to road safety guidelines to prevent such tragic incidents from occurring.

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The incident has been formally registered at Rukungiri Central Police Station under reference number R’RI TAR 75/2023.

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